Conservation

Abbeyfeale Anglers Association is very concerned with salmon and trout conservation and has been actively involved in habitat improvement and restoration for the last thirteen years. Abbeyfeale Anglers also have an excellent working relationship with Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the minister for fisheries, Fergus O Dowd. Substantial work has been done on Bank protection, habitat restoration and the elimination of invasive species.
Abbeyfeale Anglers also have a good working relationship with Limerick County Council (LCC) and West Limerick Resources (WLR), two organisations who have provided substantial financial and support assistance to the club.
IFI provided the funds in 2012 for a programme of work on the Oolagh, clearing vegetation which had caused tunnelling on the river.
WLR provided financial assistance in publishing a book on the Biodiversity in the town park in Abbeyfeale. Some copies are still available at the very reasonable cost of €10.00. They are also involved this year in providing funding for a new bridge on the Oolagh and the removal of a concrete slab that is a major blockage to salmon movement and spawning. They also provided workers for bank clearance through the Tús programme in 2012 and 2013. This is continuing in the 2014 season.
Limerick Co. Co. provide assistance for purchasing fishing gear for young anglers for the last two years, and also provided material assistance with the fishing facilities down at the mart site. Mark Collins, engineer for the council and club member, was heavily involved in providing this assistance, and the club is deeply grateful to him for his assistance.

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