Monday, 3 December 2018

THE RIVER MAN. A life defined by a river. (full film)

Connie Corcoran has dedicated his life to the mighty Blackwater River and, over the years, its currents have shaped him.
He is one of Ireland’s great salmon fishing guides, but if the salmon stocks continue to decline, he may be one of its last.

The River Man is a fated love story between a man and a river. The River Man CONNIE CORCORAN

Sunday, 18 November 2018

The Castle, The River and The Fly Fisherman

This short video by Simon Toussifar takes viewers on a journey through the historical Castle Bernard, the beautiful Bandon River and shows an appreciation for fly fishing for its heritage and recreational value.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Riprap (Rock Armouring) is a highly environmentally destructive way of combating flooding

Pictured below are photos of Riprap (Rock Armouring) along the Bandon River and information gathered from the Department of Homeland Security website that explains the issues encountered on rivers that use Riprap as a solution. 

Put simply, riprap is the layering of rocks (angular rocks generally being preferred,) along a threatened area to counteract the constant wearing away of land brought about by repetitive hydrologic activity. Whenever waves or moving waters meet unprotected soil, there will always be ero- sion. Covering exposed soil with rock helps protect it from being washed away, securing an embankment against further erosion. 

Problems arise because the effects of riprap do not stop at the point of installation. When positioned along a section of riverbank, for example, riprap has a number of negative impacts on the surrounding environ- ment. Riprap tends to increase the speed of water flow along an armored reach, as the water has no points of friction to come up against and nothing to slow it down. This additional strength of flow presents issues further downstream from a riprap protected bank, as water is deflected off the riprap and directed at other points of riverbank. The increased strength and speed of the water only increases erosion suffered at these new locations, the typical result of which is the necessity of installing additional armoring, which merely moves the problem further down the stream. 

Riprap impedes the natural functions of a riverbank or shoreline, as it interrupts the establishment of the riparian zone, or the point of interface between land and flowing water. A properly functioning riparian zone is important for a number of reasons; it can reduce stream energy and minimize erosion; filter pollutants from surface runoff via biofiltration; trap and hold sediments and woody debris, which assists in replenishing soils and actually rebuilding banks and shorelines; and it provides habitat diversity and an important source of aquatic nutrients. 

Not to mention, a naturally functioning riparian zone simply looks better. Another aspect of riprap is its considerable effect on wildlife, specifically fish that live in and utilize streams and rivers where eroding banks have undergone armoring. While erosion can cause potential problems for
fish, especially in high-silt loca- tions, the installation of riprap leads to other, more significant, issues. When riprap is the primary or only form of riverbank stabilization measure, the end result is typically a uniform, smooth channel, with no complexity. 

This means that there are no areas of vegetation either in or overhanging the water, leaving fish at risk from predation. In ad- dition, a lack of riverbank diversity denies fish a place to seek refuge during periods of high-water, which often results in their being washed out of a fast moving system during flooding.

Riprap causes other, albeit less sig- nificant, problems as well. In areas of low vegetation, when exposed to direct sunlight, the rocks that com- prise riprap can reflect light into the water, which increases water temperatures to an unhealthy degree for fish. 

Riprap also tends to suffer from structural integrity issues during and after high-water events. Losing rocks to high water or fast flows, a riprap structure will soon begin to fail in its purpose. Once the soil that the riprap is designed to protect is exposed, the damage continues as before its installation. This possibility requires constant monitoring and maintenance, which ultimately becomes expensive and problematic.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Southern Star Letter to Editor: OPW response on Bandon River fish pass ‘an insult’

Sunday, 12th August, 2018

SIR – I wish to respond to the comments made by the OPW in their response within your front page article titled ‘Bandon River's fish pass is described as butchery by local environmentalist.’
The OPW's response which read ‘the proposal to remove the weir could have delayed the completion of the flood relief scheme by years’ is just an insult to anyone’s intelligence. 
How could removing the weir take longer than removing half of it and then laboriously and extensively constructing a monstrous fish pass that better resembles a whale pass instead? 
I think the penny has dropped in many people’s minds about this whole project and questions need to be asked as to why the OPW decided to take the most expensive and environmentally-destructive route in rolling out the flood scheme.
The river bed below Bandon is completely dead and devoid of all natural life. It has been noted by environmentalists that the rock armouring going all the way down the river stretch is completely over the top and severe, which will make any type of environmental recovery almost impossible. 
It’s almost like no EIS was ever done here as there have been no concessions to environmental protection, and no effective mitigation measures.
How did it all come to this? Will the OPW ever change their ways?

Simon Toussifar
Recreational Fly Fisherman,

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Ireland Angling Show 2018

The Ireland Angling Show will once again take place in the
National Show Centre Swords, Co. Dublin. 
With plenty of visitors expected over the two days,
the show is a great place to do business, meet customers and showcase your products. 
The Ireland Angling Show is a great weekend for all the family
with something for everyone, all ages and abilities catered for.

Visti website for information:

Opening Hours: 
Saturday 17th Feb. - 10am to 5pm
Sunday 18th Feb. - 10am to 5pm

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Minister welcomes Positive Review of "Catch and Release" Policy

Minister Sean Kyne announces 78 rivers open for salmon angling in 2018

Minister welcomes Positive Review of "Catch and Release" Policy

Mr. Sean Kyne T.D., Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector, has approved a suite of regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2018. These will come into effect from Monday 1 January 2018.
Minister Kyne said "In all, 78 rivers will open for angling activity in 2018 and this will provide opportunities for all to share this important natural resource on a sustainable basis.  42 of these rivers will be fully open with a further 36 for angling on a "catch & release" basis. I had asked Inland Fisheries Ireland to carry out a full review of the Catch and Release element of fisheries management policy ahead of the 2018 season and this has resulted in an additional 12 rivers open on a Catch and Release basis which otherwise would have been closed."
Minister Kyne had received management advice from IFI in relation to over 140 genetically individual wild salmon stocks in Ireland, in advance of setting out the legislation for 2018. This advice was also made available as part of a public consultation process.  This was based on the scientific assessment of the current status of all stocks carried out by the independent Standing Scientific Committee on Salmon. This committee comprises scientists from a range of organisations. 
Over 130 submissions were considered as part of the public consultation process. Based on this the Minister has introduced conservation measures for the management of the wild salmon and sea trout fishery in 2018.

Management advise supported by scientific assessment of rivers/estuaries/harbours is that:-

  • 78 Rovers should be open for angling of which 
    • 42 rivers should be open as a surplus of fish has been identified in these rivers;
    • 36 rivers should be classified as open for "catch and release" angling; 
  • 68 rivers should be closed as they have no surplus of fish available for harvest.
Summary of main changes to the management of the wild salmon fishery in 2017
Fishery District River20172018
DundalkGlydeOpenCatch And Release
DundalkDeeCatch And ReleaseClosed to 30 April/Catch And Release from 01 May
WexfordSlaneyClosedClosed to 30 April/Catch And Release from 01 May
KerryFertaOpenCatch And Release
KerryInnyOpenCatch And Release
BangorShramoreClosedCatch And Release
BallyshannonEskeClosed Catch And Release
BallyshannonOwenwee (yellow)ClosedCatch And Release
LetterkennyOwenea/OwentockerOpenCatch And Release
LetterkennyGweedore (Crolly)OpenCatch And Release
LetterkennyTullaghobegleyClosedCatch And Release
LetterkennyLeannanCatch And ReleaseClosed to 30 April/Catch And Release from 01 May
1.  Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations S.I. No. 602 of 2017
These regulations provide for, the quotas of fish that can be harvested by commercial fishing engines and rod and line from those rivers identified in Schedule 2.  The Regulations also provide for the use of brown tags in specified rivers which are identified in Schedule 4. 
2. Angling Byelaw No. 955, 2017
This Bye-law prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and also prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified in the Bye-law. 
3. Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Bag Limits) Bye-law No. 956, 2017
Provides for an annual bag limit of 10 fish being either salmon or sea trout (over 40 cm) per angler and provides for a season bag limit of 3 fish in the period 1 January to 11 May, a daily bag limit of 3 fish from 12 May to 31 August and a daily bag limit of 1 fish from 1 September to the end of the season. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified numbers of fish have been caught in the specified periods.  
4. Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Catch and Release) Bye-law No. 957, 2017 
Provides for catch and release in respect of salmon and sea trout (over 40 cm) in rivers that are meeting at least 50% of their Conservation Limit as mentioned in the Bye-law. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for salmon and sea trout over 40 cm.
5. Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Suir) Bye-law No. 958, 2017.
This Bye-Law provides for catch and release in angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) in the River Suir (including the waters of the Rivers Clodiagh, Lingaun and Blackwater) and also prohibits the use of worms, prawn, shrimp or any other crustacean, or artificial forms thereof, as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks during the period 17 March to 30 Sept, 2018.
6. Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-law No. 959, 2017
This Bye-law provides for a daily bag limit of 3 sea trout (less than 40 cm in length) and provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of sea trout have been caught. 
7. Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Closed Rivers) Bye-law No. C.S. 323, 2017
Prohibits the taking or attempting to take by rod and line salmon and sea trout (over 40 cm) in the rivers specified in the Bye-law.