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 http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/fisheries-management-1/658-consolidated-fishcounter-summary-report-2015/file

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 (john.curtis@esri.ie, 01 863 2000).
 http://www.esri.ie/angling/

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

REVERSE THE DECISION TO ABOLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Campaign created by Friends of the Earth, VOICE, BirdWatch, An Taisce, Irish Wildlife Trust


An open letter to An TAOISEACH:

Please recognise the value of a healthy environment and reverse your proposed abolition of the Department of the Environment. A healthy environment is the basis of a good quality of life for everyone and supports and sustains resilient communities. We urge you to reinstate the Department of the Environment and bring together all environmental functions - nature and water protection, waste and pollution control - under one Department of the Environment, Climate and Natural Heritage.

Please click on link below and support this worthwhile campaign


Please support the call to retain the Department of the Environment


Monday, 16 May 2016

Registration Details Role and Formation of River Trusts in Ireland

The Role & Formation of River Trusts in Ireland
FREE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
• The number of Rivers Trusts is growing across Ireland.
• Are you running a Rivers Trust in Ireland?
• Are you interested in forming a Rivers Trust?
• Do you need advice and support?
• Would you like to learn more about the work of Rivers Trusts across Ireland and the UK?

If the answer is YES, please register now!
In conjunction with the Irish International Fly Fair*, the Dibney River Conservation Trust and the Atlantic Salmon Trust (http://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org/), invite you to attend this important workshop.
Attendance is free but places are limited and you must book a place on line (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-role-formation-of-river-… ) – the booking site will remain open until late June but early booking is advised!
Date: Friday, 1st July 2016
Location: Killyleagh Community Centre, Killyleagh, Co Down,
Time: 09.30 to 16.00
*Those attending the workshop might also like to visit The International Fly Fair – Killyleagh Castle, July 2nd and 3rd
See: (http://www.irishinternationalflyfair.com/ )

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Program for Government: Commitment to Investigate Closed Containment Systems

Salmon Watch Ireland welcomes the following extract of our new government's program.



The issues surrounding the impact of sea lice and escapees can be solved with closed containment and Ireland can be at the forefront of the rollout of  this new and trusted technology.

The aquaculture industry cannot further expand globally without this technology due to factors involving sustainability, relating to disease and parasite induced mortalities to farmed fish. We as always focus on wild fish and we see closed containment as a relatively fail safe technology which can help to put in place a barrier to transmission of sea lice to our wild fish and to further safeguard our wild salmon genetic pool by eliminating escapees from farms.