The future of Roscrea Fish Farm seems secure after a decision by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) to phase out operations, has been deferred indefinitely.
Doubt had been cast over the Fish Farm's future in April this year when it was announced that operations at the fish farm near the Brosna river on the Offaly Tipp border, along with those of a similar operation in Co. Offaly, were to be phased out following an IFI technical and financial review.
The Board concluded that: “reduced resources within the organisation do not allow for the continuation of these aquaculture activities in the medium to long-term. The Board has no alternative but to phase out this element of its work and concentrate on the conservation, protection and development of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources.”
However, this decision has now been deferred indefinitely, following a meeting with local anglers. On August 26th, IFI announced that they would continue production of brown trout in Roscrea.
“The Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) met yesterday (Aug. 25th) with a joint delegation from the National Anglers Representative Association and Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland to discuss the IFI’s proposal to exit the production of trout for the re-stocking of angling lakes.
“As a result of these discussions the Board of IFI has agreed to defer its proposal indefinitely.
“However, in the discussions the parties recognised that there are significant economic, environmental and biological issues surrounding the current production facilities which IFI needs to resolve.
“Inland Fisheries Ireland is committed to developing and seeking funding for a comprehensive strategy to meet current and future trout production needs, contingent on obtaining the significant investment required. The parties to the discussions agreed to continue to work closely together to deliver this strategy.
The Board of IFI wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who have made submissions to the public consultation on IFI’s exiting from freshwater trout production. This consultation process is now closed.”
Roscrea Fish Farm employs seven people. A spokesperson for the Fish Farm said there was “great relief” that operations have been secured for the time being.