Sunday, 24 July 2016

€7m upgrade of Bandon water and sewerage begins

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/7m-upgrade-of-bandon-water-and-sewerage-begins-411685.html

Irish Water has announced it’s finally starting work on a €7 million upgrade of sewage treatment and water supply systems in Bandon, Co Cork. The company made the announcement yesterday, saying the upgrade will aid security of water supply, improve pressure and reduce leakage.

The upgrade of the sewerage network will increase flow capacity, reduce discharges to the Bandon River and aid in alleviating sewer flooding which hit the town recently.

Both systems will also allow for further development in the town and should be completed in two years’ time. The project will involve the replacement of approximately 5.1km of water mains pipes which are in poor condition with high levels of leakage.

An additional 2.5km of trunk water mains will be installed in order to increase network capacity.

A further 5km of existing sewers will be upgraded at various locations throughout the town.

Irish Water spokesman Mark O’Duffy said that by delivering water and wastewater services in one project, it will reduce the impact of the works on the local community, deliver the projects in a shorter timescale and generate overall cost savings.

He said site investigation works are the first important step in enabling design of the route for water and waste water rehabilitation work, and it is anticipated that a construction works contractor will be appointed in the second half of 2017.

The site investigation work will take place at various locations around Bandon where water mains and sewers will be installed or replaced, and Irish Water expects these works to be complete by October.

The work will be carried out by IGSL Ltd (Ground Investigation and Geotechnical Specialists) working on behalf of Irish Water.

Mr O’Duffy said site investigation works will involve small trial hole excavations, slit trenches and borehole drilling. This work will also assist in the identification of any archaeological sites of interest.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Closure of Cullion Fish Farm


Peter Burke TD was delight that Minister Sean Kyne TD accepted his invitation to visit Cullion Hatchery with Andrew Duncan and attend a public meeting later that evening.
Peter secured a Dáil debate on this vital issue and this is an extract from it. We need to ensure Cullion Fish Farm is retained.


Friday, 15 July 2016

Great week on the Bandon River

Salmon
It was a great week for anglers on the Bandon River with the long awaited arrival of travelling fish in good numbers. Salmon were spotted jumping the weir in Bandon town in two's and three's which was quite a sight to see. Bandon Angling Association members reported multiple catches with a mix of colored and fresh fish being caught and lost.



Brown Trout
Dry fly fishing for brown trout has also improved with warm evening temperatures prompting good evening hatches. All brown trout in the pics below were safely released after photo taken.
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(C) Flyfishingireland.ie Rubber landing net to minimize stress and damage to fish
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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

National Pike and Trout Policies Review

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has today (04/07/2016) published the indicative timetable for the review of the National Pike and Trout PoliciesFollowing the appointment of a Policy Review Group later this month, the review process will commence with a scoping consultation which will be open to all interested parties.

IFI has long recognised that public policy-making can be enhanced through the active involvement and contribution of all stakeholders and has set out how it will develop policies and consult with stakeholders in its IFI Procedure on Policy Development andIFI Stakeholder Consultation Policy. It is expected that the updated Pike and Trout policy documents will be available in July 2017.
A policy group will be appointed shortly and will comprise of five IFI staff from the Research, Operations and Business Development divisions.
Dr Byrne, CEO of IFI said “IFI is committed to consulting with stakeholders and the general public on matters of inland fisheries policy. I expect the forthcoming scoping consultation process to gather useful information that will provide an evidence base for the update of the pike and trout policies in tandem.
“An agreed view from angler stakeholder groups would be most welcome and I urge the representative groups to work for such an outcome. I encourage all domestic and tourist anglers, tourism providers and the general public to provide their views on the important issues regarding the management of our important pike and trout species.”
IFI acknowledges the upcoming protest being staged by pike interests and can confirm that no decision has been taken regarding the cessation or otherwise of pike management operations in designated trout waters for 2017. IFI has accelerated the review of the policies and is working to ensure the completion of this exercise in as consultative way as possible that ensures all interested parties have input to policy formulation .
As advised previously work continues within IFI regarding the examination of:
  • The current stock management programme, including resource usage, fish transfer and health and safety;
  • Marketing and socio-economic information to include actual and potential economic value;
  • Scientific information to provide advice and to consider the scientific merits of the processes being currently undertaken.
See the timeline for the review process here: Indicative Timelines.pdf