A Ballymena man’s lifetime passion for angling and his work to protect local fish stocks have earned him an accolade from The Great Game Fairs of Ireland.
Paul Smith was praised by Albert Titterington, Director of The Great Game Fairs of Ireland, as a determined and highly effective campaigner for angling conservation
Albert said, “Paul has proved an energetic member of the No Salmon Netting organisation, opposing salmon netting in Irish waters. His experience, passion for angling and his deep-rooted respect for the natural environment have combined to make him an ardent and respected spokesman for NSN and he has long been a key figure in this dynamic organisation.
“A superb ambassador for angling, Paul has also done sterling work to introduce the sport of angling to increasing numbers of young people. The innovative NSN Put & Take Lake at the Game Fair and Fine Food Festival at Shanes Castle has, in particular, introduced a huge number of children and young people to the sport and many of those who had their first experience of fishing there will, I am sure, continue to enjoy the sport and, in doing so, they will also learn to appreciate our wonderful natural environment.
“We are delighted to recognise his outstanding contribution made by Paul to his sport and to the wider community. Angling needs people like Paul who are prepared to share with others their love of fishing and their enthusiasm for our wonderful rivers, lakes and coast.”