SEAi has developed, created and established, a range of high quality andsustainablerecreational anglingtourismservices and products relatedto BassSport fishing; encompassing the following
Fully guided angling packages–shore 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.