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Eel Fisherpersons Support Scheme Now Open for Applications

October 22nd, 2018 | by

A new Support Scheme for Eel Fisherpersons is now open for applications. The Eel Fisherpersons Support Scheme will provide €3million over three years to fisherpersons experiencing hardship following the Government’s decision to follow scientific advice on eel stocks from 2009 and beyond.

The Scheme offers a restitution payment to former eel fisherpersons who were licenced / permitted to engage with the commercial eel fishery in 2007.

Key Points about the Scheme:

  • The fund is available to all commercial eel licence holders who held a licence (or an eel fishing permit from the E.S.B.) in the 2007 season.
  • A tax free sum may be paid to licence or permit holders in respect of each of the five reckonable years (2003-2007) for which they were a licence or permit holder.
  • A further taxable payment may be made to licence or permit holders in respect of the average of their catches, based on State held records, during the five reckonable years (2003-2007).

    Fyke nets, which were used to catch eels.

The scheme will be open for applications from the 22nd of October until 5pm on the 30th of November 2018.

To apply, download an Application Form. Further information is available in the Eel Fisherpersons Support Scheme Booklet or by contacting the Eel Support Scheme Administrative Office:

Eel Support Scheme
Inland Fisheries Ireland
Teach Breac
Earl’s Island
Email: eelsupport@fisheriesireland.ie
Telephone: (0)91563118



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