Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has today opened the third draw for anglers wishing to catch and keep salmon from Kerry’s Roughty River catchment.

 ‘Brown tag’ regulations came into force on the river from March 15th, 2024, and will remain in place until September 30th 2024, when the salmon fishing season ends.

Commenting on the requirements, Sean Long South-Western River Basin District Director at IFI, stated:

“The numbers of wild Atlantic salmon returning to our rivers is declining. The risk of over-fishing puts stocks in further jeopardy. Brown tag measures for salmon and sea trout are required on the Roughty River to conserve stocks and avoid accidental over-harvesting.  “Where there is a modest harvestable surplus with a risk of over exploitation, this brown gill tag system is introduced to closely monitor the angling quotas.”

An increased total of 136 brown tags will be available and are being distributed to anglers with a valid rod licence via four draws throughout the 2024 angling season.

Half of the originally available 96 brown tags have been issued to date.

A total of 64 brown tags will be selected through the online lottery on June 12th 2024. 

The measures are part of the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2023, recently signed into law by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, TD. 

Anglers interested in entering the June 12th draw can apply through IFI’s online link between today, May 20th, and midnight June 9th 2024, only. 

Successful anglers who receive the tags, via the lottery system, place them on the fish – along with a blue tag as proof it was lawfully caught and may be retained for private use.

Anglers not allocated a brown tag are permitted to fish for salmon on a catch-and-release basis on the Roughty River catchment, where the salmon is returned safely to the same waterbody. 

Anglers must use catch-and-release methods only, involving single or double barbless hooks. Use of worms as bait is not permitted. 

Full application details are available by phoning IFI’s Macroom office on (026) 41221, or by emailing [email protected]