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