Awareness of biodiversity
Status of biodiversity
Threats to biodiversity
Measures that safeguard biodiversity
Measures that mainstream biodiversity
Benefits derived from biodiversity and ecosystem services
Impacts on biodiversity outside of Ireland
Knowledge of Irish biodiversity
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The Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme regulates salmon and sea trout fishing in Ireland and is administered by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). Anglers are legally required to be in possession of a rod licence when fishing for salmon or sea trout. Licences can be purchased from a number of sources, including fishing tackle shops, IFI offices and some fisheries.
The sale of rod licences for recreational salmon and sea trout angling contributes directly to the Salmon Conservation Fund initiated and managed by IFI since 2007. The Salmon Conservation Fund component consists of an additional fee, the equivalent to the cost of the licence, added to all classes of licence to provide funds for a conservation programme. The revenue generated from the Salmon Conservation Fund is reinvested to promote the recovery of our salmon stocks and habitats taking into account project feasibility, funding availability and value for money considerations.
In 2018, 19,588 rod licences were sold and these sales generated almost €500,000 for the Salmon Conservation Fund (IFI Annual Report, 2018).
More information on the salmon and sea trout rod licences, and the socio-economic of recreational angling in Ireland can be found here:
Salmon Conservation Fund:
Inland Fisheries Ireland Annual Reports:
The number of rod licences reflects the level of well-being and benefit derived from healthy and biodiverse freshwater ecosystems. Administered by Inland Fisheries Ireland, anglers are legally required to be in possession of a licence when fishing for salmon or sea trout. This indicator tracks the sales of salmon and sea trout rod licences over time and the contribution of licence sales to the Salmon Conservation Fund initiated in 2007.