Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.
The Stories from the Waterside competition encapsulates the relationship between people and water through unique stories including people’s own memories and folklores that have been passed down from one generation to the next. Inland Fisheries Ireland has a history of helping people connect to their inland fisheries and Stories from the Waterside gave people an opportunity to tell their own stories, from growing up beside a body of water to going fishing with a family member, these stories make up a special collection that belong as part of the history of Ireland’s waterbodies.