ESB Fisheries' Update
Following updated guidance from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), ESB Fisheries have now re-opened subject to the strict adherence to Government COVID-19 guidelines. Further details on these guidelines are available on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website www.fisheriesireland.ie
ESB Fisheries’ Role
At ESB, we have the statutory responsibility of managing, conducting and preserving the fisheries throughout the Shannon, Erne, Lee and Liffey catchments. We are committed to putting significant resources into the conservation of the fisheries to ensure their accessibility and enhancing their amenity value.
ESB fisheries’ role is part of our organisation’s larger, strategic goal: our commitment to Ireland’s environment and natural landscape; and engaging sustainability as our core value; with particular focus on waterways and fish stocks.
For more information on ESB activity in this area, view our infographic:
While every angling permit issued by ESB, or approved permit agents, clearly sets out the angling regulations applying to ESB-controlled fisheries, it should be noted that these fisheries are also subject to regulations and bye-laws issued by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
All angling permits issued by ESB or ESB-approved agents must be available for inspection by ESB and Inland Fisheries Ireland staff. Any angler found to be in breach of angling regulations on ESB-controlled fisheries may have his ESB permit withdrawn without notice. Inland Fisheries Ireland staff are authorised to withdraw ESB angling permits from any angler found to be in breach of angling regulations.
ESB Fisheries controls angling rights in the following catchments;
• Lower Shannon
• Mulcair River
• Assaroe Lake
ESB Permit Information
For information on our permit charges and where you can purchase the permits, please download the files (PDF) below. Also available is the boat permit application form.
Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs)
The use of stand up paddleboards (SUPs) is not permitted at this time on ESB Fisheries. ESB recognises the growing interest in this activity in recent years and continues to liaise with the appropriate governing bodies in relation to the governance of this emerging sport. It is understood that further safety guidelines and online training programmes will emerge in the months ahead. Due to the particular risks such as potential underwater hazards and rocks on our fisheries, ESB is reluctant to permit the sport at this time on our Fisheries. ESB will continue to monitor developments in relation to the management of safety with the governing bodies and will review its’ position as further details emerge.
Eel Trap and Transport activities
ESB is committed to Ireland's environment and natural landscape, with sustainability our core value. We operate a trap and transport programme for migrating silver eel. Juvenile eel (elvers) coming from the Atlantic Ocean are captured in elver boxes and released into freshwater habitats upstream of the stations. When fully grown, the adult eels move downstream and are captured in large river nets. They are released downstream of the stations where they continue their ocean migration. In 2016, the Trap and Transport programme accounted for approximately 70 per cent of all eels trapped and transported in Europe.
In the first video, ESB fisheries biologist Dr Dennis Doherty describes how upstream-migrating juvenile eels are captured downstream of Ardnacrusha before they are transported and released above the station to continue their migration up the Shannon catchment. .
In our second video, Tom O’Brien of ESB describes how downstream-migrating adult silver eels are captured in Athlone by traditional fishermen, to be then transported by road and released downstream of the Parteen Weir
Contact ESB Fisheries
ESB Fisheries Office, Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare
T: 00353 61 359090
F: 00353 61 344560