While it remains an offence to kill more than one pike, of more than 50cms in length in a day, a clause concerning the number of baits anglers may carry has been changed.
The 12-bait limit applies to coarse fish, so extra quantities of sea baits may be carried as well.
The ammendments also halve the amount of pike flesh which may be legally possessed to 0.75kg, to prevent larger fish being killed and filleted to circumvent the size limits.
The full bye law can be seen below:
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS, MARINE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
FISHERIES ACTS 1959 TO 2006
CONSERVATION OF PIKE BYE-LAW NO. 809, 2006
I, John Browne, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 9 (as amended by section 3 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1962 (No. 31 of 1962)) of the Fisheries (Consolidation) Act 1959 (No. 14 of 1959), section 33 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1962, the Fisheries (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1977 (S.I. No. 30 of 1977) (as adapted by the Marine and Natural Resources (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2002 (S.I. No. 307 of 2002)) and the Marine (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 82 of 2006), hereby make the following Bye-law:
1. This Bye-law may be cited as the Conservation of Pike Bye-law No. 809, 2006.
2. This Bye-law comes into operation on the day of its making.
3. Subject to Article 4, it is prohibited for any person to take or kill more than one pike on any one day.
4. It is prohibited for a person to take or kill any pike greater than 50 cm in length measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail.
5. It is prohibited for a person, other than in the circumstances referred to in Article 7, to have in his or her possession or control -
(a) more than one whole pike less than 50 cm in length measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail, or
(b) more than 0.75 kgs of pike flesh or parts whether as fillets, steaks, cutlets, sides or in any other form whatsoever.
6. Any pike taken inadvertently in contravention of this Bye-law must be handled carefully and returned without avoidable injury to the waters from which they have been taken.
7. Article 5 does not apply to a person storing pike or pike parts for another in excess of that permitted under that Article in a premises or vehicle, where -
(a) the premises or vehicle is registered with the regional board for the fisheries region in which it is situated,
(b) the premises or vehicle is owned or leased by the person, and
(c) any whole pike or pike part so stored are separated and labelled as to clearly identify the fish or fish parts belonging to the person for whom they are being stored.
8. (1) It is prohibited for a person to have in his or her possession more than 12 coarse fish for use as bait in fishing for pike.
(2) Where a person has more than 4 coarse fish in his or her possession for use as bait in fishing for pike, the person, in respect of fish in excess of that number and subject to paragraph (1), must have -
(a) obtained the fish from a fish tackle dealer or fish bait supplier registered with the regional board in whose fisheries region the dealer or supplier carries on business, and
(b) obtained and retained a receipt of their purchase.
(3) In this Article “coarse fish” means any fresh water fish other than pike, salmon, trout, eels or minnow.
9. The Conservation of Pike Bye-law No. 805 of 2006 is revoked .
GIVEN under my hand,
3 August 2006.
Minister of State at the Department of Communications,
Marine and Natural Resources.
This Bye-law provides for the following conservation measures:
a bag limit of 1 Pike in any one day,
prohibits the killing of any pike greater than 50 cm in length,
prohibits the possession by any person of more than 1 whole pike less than 50 cm or more than 0.75 kgs of pike flesh, this provision does not apply to a person storing pike or pike parts subject to conditions,
prohibits the possession by any person of more than 12 coarse fish for use as bait subject to conditions.