Friday, 29 September 2017

Still plenty more fish in the sea? Not anymore


We’re trying to sustain a miserable leftover of Atlantic salmon bearing little resemblance to historic abundance. Why? The common denominator is man, writes John Murphy
The salmon angling season closes in much of Ireland tomorrow so this is an opportune moment to take stock of the overall position of Atlantic salmon here.
I am always reminded of a concept that Dr Daniel Pauly, a world-renowned fisheries biologist, who stated that every human generation uses the images that they got at the beginning of their conscious lives as a standard.
They will extrapolate forward and the difference then is perceived as a loss but we do not perceive what happened before our time as a loss. This is largely where we are with Atlantic salmon.
We are now trying to sustain a miserable leftover which bears little resemblance to historic abundance and if we are truthful does not even come close to our own memories of what salmon rivers were like in our own time.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Bantry Bay Oral Hearing


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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.