THE Loughs Agency has joined the new hi-tech permit regime introduced by the Republic’s Inland Fisheries Ireland and Northern Ireland’s Department of Agricuture, Environment and Regional Affairs. The 2017 angling licences for the Foyle and Carlingford areas will also be issued electronically. The old paper licence is now a thing of the past.
Chief executive, John Pollock said, “Since the 1950’s anglers have been purchasing their fishing licences at Loughs Agency offices and through a network of distributors. Whilst this service will continue to be provided through tackle shops, it will no longer be a paper process. Licences can also be purchased on-line at home, which is great for overseas anglers who can buy before they travel.”
Angling manager Lionel Knobbs said,
“Globally, angling authorities are moving towards electronic systems. We have looked at electronic licensing systems in England, America, Canada, New Zealand and developed an on-line platform that meets the needs of the modern world.’’
John McCartney, director of conservation and protection said,
“This new system will make it easy for the angler to make a catch return and Loughs Agency protection staff can carry out licence checks more efficiently as they will have access to the secure database along the river bank.”
Anglers are reminded they must make catch returns for 2016. Licences for 2017 are now available for all parts of Ireland.
Meanwhile John Dory and contributors would like to wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Tight lines to those rainbow trout, pike and carp anglers who are willing break the ice at the many still waters that remain open over the holidays and to the hardy salmon anglers planning to test the few rivers available on opening day January 1. We take our hats off to the seasonal surfcaster and restless rock-hopper willing to tackle the yuletide tides and suggest you stay safe by wearing a lifejacket. May you all enjoy screaming reels and bulging nets in 2017.