IFI stand over findings of socio-economic study
10 October 2013
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) stands over all of the findings in the recent Socio-economic Study of Recreational Angling in Ireland following erroneous reports in certain elements of the media which suggested that the value of recreational salmon angling was overstated in the study.
The principal results of this study, which was published in July 2013, estimate that recreational angling in Ireland contributes €755 million to the Irish economy and supports in excess of 10,000 jobs in peripheral and rural area.
The results in this report are based on sound economic principles. The report was compiled by industry experts Tourism Development International (TDI) who are a renowned and widely respected professional consultancy company .The work team included Dr Stephen Hynes of the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit of NUIG. Professor Brendan Whelan, the Former Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), provided direction and assistance in the design of the survey and review of the report and findings.
Regrettably it appears that inaccurate extrapolations from the study data prepared and published by a Scottish Aquaculture blog, has underpinned a complete misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the findings of the study which was used by a lobby group in a recent communication to the media.
The full study is available to view and download at http://www.fisheriesireland.ie