Thursday, 22 March 2018

Salmon Watch Ireland Annual Conference: 21st April 2018 at 1100: Plaza Hotel, Tallagh, Dublin 24

The annual conference hosted by Salmon Watch Ireland on the 21 April 2018 examines the ongoing debate as to whether the wild Atlantic salmon has a future in Ireland. It is an opportunity for all persons interested in this unique fish to engage with those concerned with the management of the resource. There will also be an opportunity to view the remarkable film "Lost at Sea" which should promote a large degree of discussion as to why Atlantic salmon continue to struggle in Ireland and elsewhere. 
This year we have deliberately included a substantial period for discussion where views on how salmon abundance might once again be achieved. This will be an open forum where the views of the audience and panel of speakers on ‘What is to be done’ can be discussed.

Conference agenda

1100 - Opening
1115 - ‘The state of the Irish salmon population’ – Dr Ciaran Byrne, Chief Executive, Inland Fisheries Ireland.

1200 – ‘The drivers of the decline in the salmon population’ -Dr Ken Whelan, Director Research, Atlantic Salmon Trust.

1245 – Lunch and the showing of the documentary film‘Atlantic salmon – Lost at sea’.

1415 – ‘What is to be done’ – Discussion facilitated by Eamon Cusack, Vice President, Institute of Fisheries Management.

1530 – Conclusions – Niall Greene, Chair of the Board, Salmon Watch Ireland.

Eventbrite Tickets Available Here

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Review of Environmental Impacts of Salmon Farming in Scotland

This review is a very important element in understanding the impacts of salmon farming in Scotland and is certainly important in the ongoing debate surrounding aquaculture in Ireland. It is a lengthy document but is fairly comprehensive and deserves scrutiny by concerned anglers and conservationists. Scottish Salmon Farming and its Environmental Impacts

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Impacts of salmon lice emanating from salmon farms on wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout

Very good review of widespread research on lice from salmon farms and their effect on salmonid stocks. The review deals very well with the few Marine Institute scientific papers which claim that lice are not a significant problem to  migrating smolts. It also deals with the effects on sea trout which are more sensitive throughout their lifecycle at sea from smolt to post smolt to adult trout. It is incumbent on all to help shift government focus away from the narrow field of research conducted by the Marine Institute and to once and for all demonstrate that even their own 1% effect is reflective of a 15 to 20 percent reduction in adult spawners in these times of poor marine survival. Sea Lice Report