IFPAC will hold an information meeting in a few weeks to inform anglers of what has happened to date on this issue and seek their views. Inland Fisheries Ireland invited all National Federations to meet them on 3rd September to discuss the sustainable funding of the resource into the future, All National Federations attended and several of them suggested compulsory angler contributions providing funds are ringfenced and anglers have a say on the spending of these funds. IFPAC did not make any suggestions at that time. All affiliated clubs will be invited to send delegates to the meeting which may be held in Mullingar on 10th October.
At the meeting on 3rd IFI informed the meeting that they
have commissioned TDI to carry out a survey on the number of Irish
anglers there are, what species they fish for etc. Each person was asked
whether they were a member of an angling club or not. The findings
indicate that some 80% of people who fish are NOT members of clubs. To
take this large number of independent anglers views into account the
committee decided that any pike angler could also attend the meeting.
views of club delegates and independent anglers will be taken into
account by the committee in their future discussions with other
federations and IFI.