Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Thousands of fish killed after chemicals dumped in Dublin's Tolka River

Thousands of fish have been killed after chemicals were dumped in the Tolka River.
The tragic scene was discovered yesterday after the river was covered in a bubble bath-like foam.
Dublin City Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland have launched an investigation into the source of the contaminating material that caused the incident.

Brian Beckett of Inland Fisheries Ireland said that thousands of fish had been killed by the pollution.
He said the body had an environmental team on the site from early yesterday after receiving a tip off through their environmental helpline - 1890 34 24 74. He said they "followed the foam" up the river to an area around the Finglas Road Bridge but added: "We have to be careful to protect the integrity of the case as it is an ongoing investigation. "We took water samples, but it can be difficult to pin point the source if the source has already gone."

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Niall Greene appointed to the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has appointed Mr. Niall Greene, LLB, LLM, to the board of Inland Fisheries Ireland. Mr. Greene has worked at senior management and board level with a number of prestigious private companies in the aviation industry and public agencies over his extensive career. He currently holds positions on a number of boards in the data management, security, aircraft and airport management industries, recently holding positions on disciplinary, audit, nomination and corporate governance sub-committees.

He also serves on the board of the Hunt Museum in Limerick, which he currently chairs.
Niall Greene also chairs the board of Salmon Watch Ireland Limited and is a member of the Shannon, Mulkear and District Anglers Association and of the Tralee and District Anglers Association. He is a former member of the executive of the Federation of Irish Salmon and Sea Trout Anglers.

He was instrumental in bringing together the three national game anglers federations to form Stop Salmon Drifts Nets Now in 2004 and chaired the board during the successful 2004/7 campaign. In 2012 he was elected co-chair of the NGO Group at the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) and has held a position on Inland Fisheries Ireland's National Inland Fisheries Forum since 2011. Mr Greene brings with him a vast wealth of experience and passion for conservation to the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sea Trout Fishing in the South of Ireland by Hans Eckhardt Wagner

One of Eckhardt's homemade sea trout flies (this photograph is copyright protected)

40cm Sea Trout caught by Eckhardt Wagner (this photograph is copyright protected)

The most dominant water level on Ireland's so called "Spate Rivers" is low water. The chances of catching a salmon are low but not for sea trout! The sea trout can be best described as "Nomads of the Tide" who will travel up rivers regardless of water level, even in very low water conditions.

Great sport can be experienced by using a small-medium sized trout rod (6-7wt) with a silvery streamer fly, hook size 8 or 10. During the day it’s no harm to look in the pools before fishing by darkness of night. This means in the month of July, sea trout fishermen don’t start fly fishing till it’s completely dark.

There are plenty of rivers in County Cork that enjoy good runs of sea trout in the summer months. The Argideen river, Bandon river, Ilen river, River Lee, Owenabue (Owen Boy!) to name but a few and some smaller rivers with tidal influence as well.

If you catch a sea trout by fly don't be at all surprised that the fish will spend most of the fight jumping in mid air, providing great sport. The use of barbless single hooks is encouraged and release of all sea trout unharmed.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Stop Salmon Draft Nets in Our Estuaries Now!

What chance do the salmon have when our rivers are so low during a heat wave making it easy for these legalized nets to clean up! They continue to wipe out our natural salmon stocks.
Draft Nets between Cappoquin and Dromana River Blackwater Munster. 

11th of July 2014, broad daylight, low tide.
Netting of Salmon on the River Lee, County Cork