The Connacht Angling Council is delighted with the news that a bye-law that protected pike in the great western lakes to the detriment of the wild brown trout is to be revoked.
Minister Richard Bruton has now afforded special protection to wild brown trout stocks in Loughs Cara, Conn, Cullin and Mask in county Mayo, Lough Corrib in Galway and Lough Arrow in Sligo/ Roscommon.
It follows an 18 month long Connacht Angling Council campaign to ensure the protection of wild brown trout in the lakes and to halt the proliferation of pike.
West of Ireland wild brown trout waters are internationally recognised as the best in the world and wild brown trout angling is estimated to be worth in excess of 140 million euro a year to the Irish economy.
Tom Byrne of Partry is a spokesperson for the Connacht Angling Council , he has been telling Midwest News today about the significance of changing the by-law and local anglers reaction to the development.