Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has disputed claims made by local anglers that fish stocks have plummeted in the Royal Canal due to poaching.

In recent weeks concerned local anglers have told the Westmeath Examiner that the coarse fish populations in the stretch of canal in the Mullingar area has been “poached out” over the last decade and that subsequently the area’s reputation as an angling destination has been affected.

However in a statement to the Westmeath Examiner, IFI’s Research and Development Division have disputed the anglers’ claims saying that “there is no data to indicate that any coarse fish species is endangered in Ireland” and that the Royal Canal near Mullingar is still “highly regarded as a coarse fishery”….

Westmeath Examiner 17/02/2015 Read the article ‘Fish stocks are fine in Royal Canal says IFI