Two rivers which were open last year in Donegal for salmon angling will be closed in 2015.
The Owenwee river in the Ballyshannon Fishery District and the Bracky river in the Letterkenny Fishery District were open for catch and release in 2014 but will close this year.
The two rivers are among six nationally that were open for catch and release in 2014 but will be closed this year.
The Leannan river in the Letterkenny Fishery District, which was closed in 2014, will open for catch and release in 2015.
Two other rivers in the county, the Eske and Eany in the Ballyshannon Fishery District, which were open last year will be catch and release in 2015.
Fifty-five rivers in the Republic are open because a surplus of fish has been identified in them.
Twenty-eight rivers are classified as open for “catch and release” angling; and 62 rivers are closed as they have no surplus of fish available for harvest.
Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Joe McHugh, has approved the new regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2015 and will come into effect from January 1st.
“Fifty five rivers will be fully open and this will provide opportunities for all to share this important natural resource on a sustainable basis. A further 28 will be open for angling on a “catch and release” basis. ” In all, 83 rivers will open for angling activity in 2015.
“In 2012 the cost of fishing licences was reduced in the prevailing economic climate and I have decided to maintain that price cut for 2015. I believe that lower costs will encourage sales of annual licences and continue to incentivise angling tourists to avail of the Ireland’s first-class angling product”, he added.
Minister McHugh had received management advice in relation to 145 genetically individual wild salmon stocks in Ireland from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and this advice was also made available publicly as part of a public consultation process. Over 20 submissions were considered as part of the public consultation process.
The management advice was based on the scientific assessment of the current status of all stocks carried out by the independent Standing Scientific Committee on Salmon.
This committee comprises scientists from IFI, an Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Marine Institute, the Loughs Agency, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI- Northern Ireland) other State bodies and third level institutions.