Monday, 18 September 2017

Bantry Bay Oral Hearing


The Bantry Bay Oral Hearing takes place on the 19th and 20th of September at the West Lodge Hotel, Bantry, County Cork. The oral hearing concerns the licensing of a salmon farm at Shot Head in Bantry Bay.

Here under please find links to the submission from Salmon Watch Ireland.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

The Oceans Shifting Baseline

This talk demonstrates that our perception of our fisheries is largely based on our own lifetime rather that the historic abundances which once existed. A must see for all who consider our fishery resources as acceptable.

Daniel Pauly: Oceans shifting baseline

Friday, 14 July 2017

Pink Salmon Ireland 2017

A number of pink salmon have been caught on Ireland's rivers this year with reports that this trend is also happening in some UK rivers and indeed Norway. It is important that all such catches are reported to Inland Fisheries Ireland in order that the distribution and number of these invasive fish can be assessed.

It is expected that further catches may arise this year but as cycle is two years it is anticipated that further catches are unlikely until 2019. The identification is not problematic with the following defining features evident:

  • Large Black Spots on Tail
  • 11-19 Rays on Anal Fin
  • Small scale structure compared to Atlantic salmon
  • No spots on gill covers
  • Humpback appearance Males Spawning
Further information is contained in this leaflet: Fact Sheet Pink Salmon

Fish Counter Data 2016

Fish Counter Data available now at Fish Counter Report 2016

The report shows some interesting figures related to Ireland's latest Atlantic salmon runs. The overall trend appears to be a downward trend with the Kerry region experiencing poor returns especially in later summer months.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Sea Lice Report: Erriff RiverLong Term Study

A long term study by Inland Fisheries Ireland has definitively linked a reduction of up to 50% in returning adult salmon to high levels of lice infestation of farmed salmon in Killary Harbour. This is a real breakthrough in that it is probably the first study to illustrate that fish farming will affect wild salmon returns when lice levels are not managed effectively.

With changing sea water temperatures around Ireland the effectiveness of current protocols are really redundant and the only way to guarantee effective lice management is to surround cages with effective physical and biological barriers. This in effect must be the a system of closed containment. The lice problems are demonstrated to be generally at their worst in the second year of production.

This current year 2017 has demonstrated that weather patterns can cause a multitude of problems with little rainfall causing high salinity levels in bays with warm sunshine elevating sea temperatures which in turn are a recipe for extremely high larval sea lice production.

There needs to be a very serious discussion as to the future of aquaculture and it is essential that wild fish interests are protected.

New technologies are arriving with every passing year but essentially to suit commercial interests. We need a radical re-think by Government on the entire issue and a road map to protect our vulnerable ecosystems.

How great it would be if this industry was effectively run in the interests of wild salmon and sea trout.
We would hope that this report might form the basis of re-visiting of our complaint to the EU.

Further Details:Erriff Report

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Sea Trout and Fish Farming: Excellent article and video from Loch Maree

Loch Maree Sea Trout Have A New Champion
Please take the time to read and view the contents of this article. With all our expertise in making wonderful wildlife documentaries in Ireland, surely we can help to investigate our own fish farming enterprises and once and for all expose their harmful effect on sea trout and salmon stocks. Salmon Watch Ireland supports sustainable aquaculture which in our opinion can only be realised by moving to closed containment systems which have a physical and biological barrier from the surrounding environment.

Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TCS) is mounting a concerted campaign aimed at restoring what was formerly the finest sea trout fishery in Scotland. Sea trout stocks in Loch Maree collapsed in 1988, one year after the start of salmon farming in Loch Ewe, the sea loch into which Loch Maree drains via the River Ewe.
Loch Maree – the 4th longest freshwater loch in Scotland and arguably the most beautiful.

Please click on link to read article and view video. Loch Maree Article and Video

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Video Habitat Enhancement

Excellent work carried out on Trimblesown River by the Trim Athboy and District Club. This is a great initiative for salmonid habitat enhancement.