Ireland is one of the world’s top destinations for freshwater and sea angling, with world-class fishing available across the country throughout the year. Ireland has over 3,000km of coastline with moderate summers, mild winters, and adequate rainfall throughout the year. The result is a fabulous mixture of cold and warm water fish species attracting more than 400,000 anglers during the year to enjoy themselves on Ireland’s waters.
Leave No Trace Ireland seeks to educate and challenge the Irish public and visitors on how and why to minimise their environmental impacts while enjoying the beauty of Ireland’s waterways.
The Leave No Trace programme’s effectiveness lies in the universality of its message. We take a proven and focused programme to a wide audience, running outreach for environmental awareness and stewardship.
Everyone is welcome to join our mission whether they be outdoor enthusiasts, land managers, other non-profit organisations, or tourists. Become a supporter of Leave No Trace today.
By taking the time to learn how to minimise your environmental impacts following the Seven Principles, we can ensure that Ireland’s waterways remain premier outdoor recreation destinations for generations to come.
- Plan Ahead and prepare
Most waters in Ireland are owned either privately or by the State. A fishing permit issued by the owner of the waterway gives you the right to fish for a fixed period ranging from a day to a season. Contact your Inland Fisheries Ireland Office (IFI) for more information.
- Be considerate of others
People visit the seashore, lakes and rivers for reasons other than angling. Respect the rights of other visitors and observe local etiquette.
- Respect wildlife and farm animals
Wildlife found on our lakes and in the waters around Ireland are vulnerable to different forms of disturbance, particularly at sensitive times like the spring breeding season for ground nesting birds. Constantly assess wildlife’s reaction to your presence and, if you are causing a disturbance, move away quietly.
- Travel and camp on durable ground
Many of our riverbanks, lakeshores and coastal areas are fragile habitats and, in some cases, form natural flood defences. Stay on established roads and tracks and use designated car parks. Use existing boat ramps, launching sites, and mooring sites to minimise the disturbance of the edges of waterways.
- Leave What You Find
Prevent the spread of invasive species on our waterways by cleaning and draining your boat after your fishing trip, preferably before you leave the site. Check your landing nets and clothing before you leave the site.
- Dispose of Waste Properly
Take everything you brought with you home again and dispose of it properly when you get there. Please do not dispose of any liquids into any watercourses as you may inadvertently pollute that source.
- Minimise the Effects of Fire
Fishing enthusiasts often enjoy multi-day trips or expeditions on lakes, riverbanks, and coastal shores. Check first that campfires are permitted in the place you want to camp. A portable stove is the best way to minimise your impact as it is cleaner and more efficient.