We have reached the time in the life of the planet, and humanity’s demand upon it, when every fisherman will have to be a river-keeper, a steward of marine shallows, a watchman on the high seas. We are beyond having to put back what we have taken out. We must put back more than we take out.

Thomas McGuane

Environmental statement

Since the beginning many different influences and considerations have helped shape the thinking behind both my bass fishing and guiding. The Irish saltwater bass fishery is a very important resource, unique within Europe perhaps, and it is critical that it is managed, promoted and protected in a responsible and connected way.

In an attempt to ensure that saltwater guiding is portrayed as a responsible and credible occupation Thirtyards interacts with the fishery, natural, cultural and local environment with a minimalist impact approach. A catch and release policy has always been promoted here at Thirtyards and I try my best to adhere to the following principles in a blue environment when fishing or guiding.

Part I – The environment and the angling activity when working with a group

  • Coastal guiding is a 100% catch and return angling operation – all fish are returned to the water as safely as possible
    • We use Single barbless hooks
    • No weigh – fast measure on rod + rough cut convert
    • Fly fishing onlylure fishing when fly is not practical or considered unsafe
    • Fishing and landing of fish is completed effectively to minimise unnecessary stress
  • Coastal guiding only operates with groups of two people per guide
  • Coastal guiding attempts zero impact on any other person living or working in the countryside or on the coast
  • The use of narrow roads and lanes is done carefully and parking is respectful of residential and farming requirements at all times – permissions are sought where and when necessary
  • Any countryside property, fences, embankments, signage etc. are all fully respected
  • We are constantly aware of any wildlife or countryside disturbance we may cause which is minimised by walking and fishing in many different locations over time
  • We are always cognisant and respectful of farm animals
  • We constantly endeavour to leave Nature as we have found it
  • We have a constant awareness of the dangers of introducing invasive species
  • We never attempt to interfere with any archaeological structures nor do we build any structures
  • We never litter in any way
  • We manage the use of fire for Kelly kettle operation during picnics and or shore lunch
  • We have respect for other anglers who exercise legal and fair angling techniques
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