Thursday, 4th May 2023: Inland Fisheries Ireland(IFI) has today opened a new draw for anglers who wish to catch and keep wild salmon and sea trout greater than 40cm from the Lower River Lee in Cork this year.

The pool system allocates brown labels to anglers who are successful in the lottery system.  The tags are placed on fish along with a blue tag as proof it was lawfully caught and may be retained for private use.

These essential indentification rules for salmon angling are in force until the season closes on September 30th, 2023.

Commenting on the requirements Sean Long, Director of the South West River Basin District at IFI, stated: “Brown tag regulations for salmon and sea trout are required on the Lower River Lee in Cork to conserve stocks and avoid accidental over-harvesting. 

“Where there is a modest harvestable surplus with a risk of over exploitation, this brown gill tag system is introduced to closely monitor the angling quotas.

“The numbers of wild Atlantic salmon returning to our rivers is declining and the risk of over-fishing puts stocks in further jeopardy. Conservation measures such as brown tags are necessary and very effective.”

On Monday 22nd May, 45 ‘brown tags’ will be allocated for salmon on the Lower River Lee

Up to a quarter of the available number of tags can be issued at one time, under the Wild Salmon and Seatrout Tagging Scheme Regulations. 

A total of 180 brown tags will be available for the season, and are being distributed to anglers with a 2023 rod licence through a series of online lotteries.

Anglers with a 2023 rod licence not allocated a brown tag are only permitted to fish for salmon and sea trout greater than 40cm on a ‘catch and release’ basis on the Lower River Lee, where the salmon is returned safely to the same waterbody.

A previous online draw took place in March, and a total of 90 brown tags have been issued to anglers to date. 


For media queries contact: Sadhbh O’Neill, Communications Assistant, Inland Fisheries Ireland  [email protected] / 087 101 9998

About Inland Fisheries Ireland 

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the State’s environmental agency responsible for protecting, managing and conserving Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources. IFI operates under the aegis of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010.  

The brown tag measures are included in the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations, signed into law by the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD.

Application details for brown fish tags for Cork’s River Lee

Full application details are available via , by phoning IFI’s Macroom office on (026) 41221, or by emailing [email protected].