Monday, 3 October 2016

Important Study needs Your Support and Help

Salmon Watch Ireland actively promotes the following study being carried out by UCD. The project is currently being undertaken at the School of Biology and Environmental Science and concerning the migration of fish in Ireland’s rivers. 
The project is part of a PhD program undertaken by Siobhan Atkinson
The project is called 'Reconnect', and the overall goal of the project is to develop a validated methodology for prioritising a selection of barriers for modification or removal to improve hydro-morphology and connectivity in Irish rivers. An important first step in the project is to build a map of the location of barriers, both natural (waterfalls) and man-made (bridge aprons, weirs, sluices, culverts) in Ireland's rivers. 

These structures can cause problems for fish and invertebrate migration, and the movement of natural river material.
As you can imagine, locating and mapping river barriers is a big job. To help map barriers and to help create awareness of their impact we've introduced an app from the UK called 'River Obstacles' that can be used to record barriers. We are trying to encourage professionals in the field and members of the public to use the app to record any barriers they encounter when they are out and about. The records that are uploaded via the app can be viewed on a map of Ireland with details, a photograph and GPS co-ordinates
( The app is free to download and very easy to use. One simply takes a photograph of the obstacle and notes some details. The app uses the GPS facility built into a smartphone to map the location.

Here are the links to our Facebook page and website if you are interested:
Salmon Watch Ireland believes that migration barriers are a major obstacle to the rehabilitation of our rivers and asks our supporters to please help Siobhan in this most interesting study.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Salmon Statistics Report Northern Ireland:Salmon survival on Northern Ireland's Rivers

Very informative information from Northern Ireland. The salmon smolt productivity on the River Bush is interesting in that it fluctuates from year to year indicating juvenile mortality can be high in certain years. Please take the time to look at full report as it is important. 

Please click on Link: Salmon Report Northern Ireland

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Fish Counter Data 2015: Very Interesting Data

Salmon Watch Ireland welcomes the publication of data in the public domain for 2015. The counter data demonstrates the low numbers of salmon and sea trout returning to Ireland's rivers in 2015.
It appears that a significant increase in 2016 may have occurred and hopefully represents a change in the negative trend noted in recent years.
The report may be accessed at

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Standing Scientific Committee : Salmon Catch Advice 2015- Fish Counter Numbers

Salmon Count Data: Interesting data from Standing Scientific Committee on Ireland's counter data.
It demonstrates an alarming decline in runs but hopefully in some rivers in 2016 we may see a reversal of this decline. Any comments would be appreciated.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Important Angling Survey

Salmon Watch Ireland would like to recommend that all persons interested in angling should take the time to participate in this survey. 

The ESRI is undertaking research on the socio-economics of inland fisheries within Ireland, with the objective of providing evidence that will support policy decisions regarding the management of fisheries resources and angling within Ireland. The current research programme will run for three years, from 2015 to 2018, including topics such as:
• The economic benefits of a fishery in a rural location;
• Angling preferences and experiences among non-Irish nationals;
• An analysis of recreational angling demand in Ireland;
• Preferences of international tourist anglers.
To inform our research we are looking for the views and opinions of anglers.  Accordingly we have established a voluntary angler panel, which we will use to ask anglers about their angling activities and views.  Members of the angler panel will be invited to participate in short surveys to elicit their views.  We anticipate around 1-3 surveys per year.  Each survey is voluntary and you can decide at the time whether to participate, nothing is mandatory.
Our research programme on the socio-economics of inland fisheries is funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland.  Any data you provide will only be used for research purposes.  The data will not be shared with Inland Fisheries Ireland or other organisations and will only accessible to the researchers undertaking the analysis.  Only research reports and papers, which contain aggregated summary analysis, will be provided to policy decision-makers, including Inland Fisheries Ireland.  Our research papers will be publically available to download via our website.  If you’d like further information about the angler panel or our fisheries research please contact John Curtis (, 01 863 2000).