A group of local anglers are calling for a bye-law to be brought in to ban fishing below the fish pass in Fermoy for 100 years, in order to prevent the ongoing slaughter of wild salmon on the River Blackwater.

Leading these calls is local fisherman Chris O’Donovan, who said he is planning to rally support around the town with a petition calling for the introduction of the bye-law, in the coming weeks.

Bye-laws banning fishing close to weirs are in place at various locations around the country and successful prosecutions have been carried out in recent years against fishermen illegally fishing near such weirs.

A photograph taken at approximately 3pm last Sunday shows two men fishing while standing on the fish pass in Fermoy.

Mr O’Donovan said these actions are ‘unforgivable’ and are having a detrimental impact on salmon stocks on the river …

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