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Launch of 'Operation Silver Fin' 08.08.19

AN Garda Síochána, the PSNI and the Loughs Agency all attended the launch of ‘Operation Silver Fin’ this week.
This operation focuses on encouraging the public to report suspected fish poaching to the appropriate agency, enforcing regulations and increasing awareness of the legislation surrounding fishing and the importance of protecting fish stocks.
Pictured from left: PSNI Insp. Marty Mullan, Lionel Knobbs (area fisheries inspector, Loughs Agency), PSNI Sgt. James McLaughlin, John McCartney (Director of Conservation and Protection, Loughs Agency) and An Garda Síochána Supt. Martin Walker.
Superintendent Martin Walker, An Garda Síochána, said, "I fully endorse the collaborative efforts of all the enforcement agencies associated with this wonderful initiative to robustly challenge the illegal activities associated with all forms of fish poaching. The development of cordial working relations and partnership is fundamental to the success of this and similar initiatives which we in An Garda Síochána have developed with other stakeholders e.g. Inland Fisheries Ireland ( Sea Trout & Salmon ), NPWS ( Illegal Catching of Cray Fish ) and focal coarse angling fishing clubs. Continued enforcement action is essential in addressing this major wildlife crime''.
An Garda Síochána said they were committed to tackling wildlife crime including fish poaching in conjunction with their partners. 'The significance of this kind of crime cannot be over stated. At the most serious level it can have a direct impact on the economic, environmental and cultural lives of communities and can also negatively affect the conservation status of some native species'.
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