One fisherman lands 1200kgs of pike in a week: Councillor
Published: 6 Jan 2013 09:303 comments
Brian McCaffrey, a Sinn Fein member of Fermanagh District Council, said he had been contacted by a member of the public alarmed that 1,200 kilos of pike had reportedly been landed by one commercial fisherman in a week.
"If they can pull that out in one week there's not a lot left for the tourist," complained Mr. McCaffrey.
Pike are the biggest predators in Lough Erne. They were once regarded as vermin by anglers, who complained that they ate too many trout. However, pike are now highly regarded as a sporting fish in their own right, attracting tourist anglers to the Erne, hoping to land a specimen weighing 15 kilos or more. Regulations have been introduced to protect these powerful fish. Anyone catching a pike weighing 4 kilos or more must return it alive and unharmed to the water. In addition an angler can only keep one pike under 4 kilos per day.
However, the regulations do not apply to the seven commercial fishermen who took out a licence to net pike on the Erne during the open season from December 1, 2012, to February 28, 2013. Most of them are following a family tradition and their numbers are in decline. Only five of the seven took out the necessary permit to actually go out and set nets on the Erne.
According to the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure there is no restriction on the number of licences it can issue.
"However, the actual number applied for has declined to the current level over a period of time," said a spokesman. "The Department would be able to restrict this number should it be necessary."
The nets men file annual catch returns with the Department.
"The total commercial pike catch on the Erne in the 2011 season was just over 3,500," the spokesman added.
The fish are exported to Europe where they are dished up on the dinner table and in restaurants.
Commentscomments powered by Disqus
Get more stories from our Roundup section
11 Dec 2013 21:30
The PSNI, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) and St. John's Ambulance have joined together to deliver a hard-hitting message during a road safety demonstration.
11 Dec 2013 17:15
Police investigating a complaint about noise in the early hours of a Sunday morning found 40 people drinking outside a pub and another dozen drinking inside.
11 Dec 2013 13:15
A 48-year-old patient at the South West Acute Hospital had to be restrained by five members of staff when she became violent and began shouting obscenities, Fermanagh Court has heard.
11 Dec 2013 10:33 • Sarah Saunderson
A victim of clerical sexual abuse in Fermanagh has called for an independent public inquiry into child abuse in the Church in Northern Ireland in light of this week's reports by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.
10 Dec 2013 21:45
A 22-year-old man has been fined £400 and banned from driving for 12 months after the behaviour of his front-seat passenger attracted the attention of police.
10 Dec 2013 18:30
A 23-year-old mother who spent two months in prison accused of child cruelty has been released after the charges against her were withdrawn.
10 Dec 2013 16:00 • Lily Dane
Enniskillen Rotary Club’s Santa Mobile is gearing up for this year’s fundraising journey in the run up to Christmas.
10 Dec 2013 13:30
A 63-year-old farmer has been fined £1,000 for polluting a stream with silage effluent.
10 Dec 2013 10:25
About 170 people in Fermanagh suffered power cuts during last Thursday’s storm, NIE (Northern Ireland Electricity) has revealed.
10 Dec 2013 08:30
A 22-year-old man can’t recall punching a stranger in the face and fracturing his jaw, Fermanagh Court has been told.
9 Dec 2013 21:45
Two local boat owners have been prosecuted for leaving their motor cruisers moored at the Round ‘O’ public jetty in Enniskillen for longer than 48 hours.
9 Dec 2013 18:45
Pupils from Ballinamallard Primary School have won a poster competition to highlight road safety.
9 Dec 2013 15:30
A 50-year-old farmer seen staggering across a road, getting into a vehicle and starting the engine, had no intention of driving, Fermanagh Court has been told.
9 Dec 2013 12:50 • Editorial Department
Out of all the seasons, driving in the winter requires the most care and preparation.
9 Dec 2013 08:30 • Editorial Department
Opportunities were afforded for people to ‘find out more about tracing their family history and the history of their local community’ at a recent Family History Fair in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.
8 Dec 2013 21:30 • Editorial Department
Police launched their Christmas campaign against drinking and driving with a zero tolerance message of: “Not even one - because just one drink can kill.”
8 Dec 2013 18:30 • Meadhbh Monahan
Q: What is ‘entrepreneurship education’ and how is it being fostered in South West College? - Yvonne South West College is the only Northern Irish member of the Gazelle Group; a recognisable cluster of entrepreneurial colleges across the UK.
8 Dec 2013 14:30 • Editorial Department
A 32-year-old pregnant mother of three has lost her baby while in prison awaiting trial for the burglary of the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.
8 Dec 2013 12:00 • Editorial Department
First place in this year’s Soroptimist International Enniskillen and District Annual Youth Award Public Speaking Competition was awarded to Siobhan Kerr, a pupil at Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School.