Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Salmon Hatchery Conference: Report by Ross Finlay and John Murphy


Salmon Watch Ireland hosted its annual conference on the 21st of November in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

The 2015 conference, entitled “Hatcheries and Stocking- have they a role in restoring salmon stocks”, investigated the potential role of stocking in restoring Ireland's dwindling stocks of Atlantic salmon. The official opening was conducted by Mr. Alex White, Minister for Communications, Energy, and Natural resources. Following introductory remarks from SWIRL chairman Niall Greene, five talks were given by experts in salmon ecology, conservation, and stocking.  Each talk was followed by a discussion period in which attendees brought their own varied perspectives to the table, sparking some healthy debate.