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South East Angling
Ireland
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Preparedby Jim Hendrick 
Bassangling guiding services as provided by SEAiwww.probassfisher.com
 
Submission Prepared byJim HendrickOwner manager South East AnglingIreland8 St Johns RoadWexford24/11/2011086 3444557053-9123351South East Angling Ireland an overview
Introduction
JimHendrick, 8 St Johns Road,Wexford is the developer of South EastAngling Ireland. South East AnglingIreland promotesand utilises theNational and Internationaltourismpotential for Bass AnglinginCo.Wexford and has done so successfully since 2003. The project has been assisted by W.O.R.D.leaderprogramme.
Product and Service
SEAi offers a high quality, value for moneyTourist Angling/Sport FishingGuidingservice emphasising andbuildingexpertise inthe unique disciplines ofsaltwater fly and lure fishing for sea bass. SEAioffersfullyguidedand supportedshore and boatsport fishing packages combined withthe provisionof self-cateringaccommodationsituated inthe centre of Wexford town.Within the continueddevelopmentplanof SEAi, provision has beenmade for a small inventory of sportfishing equipment for both hire and saleat the SEAipremises. In conjunction with this there are facilitiesfortrainingandcoachingofadultsand children in saltwater fly and lure fishing.
Organisational purpose
To attract recreationalangling touristsboth National and Internationalwho engage in Saltwater Sportfishing to Co.Wexford, through the development of avigorous, sustainable and environmentallyresponsible, recreationalbassangling activity.
Visitor numbers andthe economicImpactfor Wexfordareattached in thevisitordata analysissheetat thebottomof this submission
Vision
SEAi has, since 2003 successfully fulfilled the needs ofangling touristsfrom aroundthe world. SEAicontinues to generatelocaleconomic activity, socialwellbeing, andthe constantpromotion of Co.Wexford’s unique angling environment, habitat and community. This processensurescontinuedstimulusand interestin the product.Wexford bass fishing is now a recognised world class fishery, see the attachedactivity analysisbasedaround my own websitewww.probassfisher.comMy websitecontinues to drive traffic with on average of 8000 page views every week fromvisitorsaroundthe worldwhowitness the natural Wexford environmentand heritage.Journalists, filmmakers, and anglers continue to visitSEAi on a regular basis.Such is the demand forthisunique Wexfordproduct that the season for 2012 is already 65% full.
 
SEAi has developed, created and established, a range of high quality andsustainablerecreational anglingtourismservices and products relatedto BassSport fishing; encompassing the following
Fully guided angling packagesshore and boat including provision of equipment where necessary
Provision ofhigh qualityself-catering accommodation for visiting anglers and other tourists
Smallretailcentre for specialisedSport fishing tackle requirements (Saltwater Fly and Lure)
Workshopsfor coaching and instruction in the sport ofsaltwaterFly and Lure fishing to adultsandchildren(national register of trainers)
Continued development oftherecreational angling productin Wexfordtomeet identifiedcompetitive gaps
Continued promotion of the necessity tomaintain and protect fishery habitats, the environmentand related communitiesThe
Irish recreational Bass fishery
is an example ofwhat can be achieved by protecting a stock fromcommercial overexploitation.Many localbusinesses here in Wexfordand other areas around Irelandbenefit fromtheimpact of the tourist activityof Bass Anglingas demonstrated in this report. The revenuestream comes from tourists, who appreciate ourangling resources, unique and wonderful anglingenvironment, and thequality facilities that Irelandprovides.Should the quality of thisenvironment orangling declinein any waythese same anglers have manyother destinations to consider. Europe,the eastcoast of North America, Africa and many otherdestinations are very attractive and at times inexpensivetoo. Anglers can spend their revenue in these locationsvery easily.ThelocalWexford businesses(andmany others)such as pubs, restaurants, retail outlets and accommodation providerscontinue toenjoytherevenue generatedbycontinued andsustainable recreationalangling.However,the threat ofpollution, illegal fishing,and the deterioration of ourenvironmentthrough manydifferent factors do pose a threat to all of these economies.
There is no doubt that the greatest threat of allto these interdependencieswould be the re-opening of the commercial bass fishery.
The future success of thebass anglingtourism industryisinextricably linked to the quality of ourenvironmentand the superb bass anglingopportunities available.Our scenic landscapes, coastline, riversand lakes, and cultural heritage are the bedrock upon which Irish tourism has been built. The economicviability and competitiveness of the Irishanglingtourism industry can only be sustained if the quality of this raw material is maintainedand protected.Ireland’sanglingtourismindustry now, more than ever, relies on strong, innovative, sustainableenvironmentalpolicies.Therecreationalbass fishery continues to face the threat of the re-opening of commercial fishing for thespecies. It is only through continued foresight, vision,strength and imagination that Ireland can maintainits position in relation to the recreational fishery.Minister Covenyhas already demonstrated some of this.Bassrecreationalangling is an€8 million annual, sustainableand growing industry. It employs hundreds of people all over the country directly and indirectly and can continue to grow and develop and besustainable. These jobs and therecreationalbassfishery mustcontinue toberesponsibly managed andprotectedbyeveryoneinvolved.

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