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Local anglers urged to get hooked on new project

Friday, 12th April, 2019 1:00pm
Local anglers urged to get hooked on new project

Shane O’Reilly from Tallaght, is pictured helping launch the new National Salmon Scale Project.

Local anglers urged to get hooked on new project

Shane O’Reilly from Tallaght, is pictured helping launch the new National Salmon Scale Project.

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A TALLAGHT angler is hoping to net few enthusiasts for a new fishing project.

Shane O'Reilly is helping to drive the National Salmon Scale Project among fellow anglers in the area. 

Shane was joined by Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries sector, Sean Canney, as they urged locals to become citizen scientists for unique the project.

 Minister Canney said: “As we celebrate the International Year of the Salmon, this project will help researchers understand the challenges which salmon are facing.

“The project, which has been initiated by Inland Fisheries Ireland, aims to collect vital information through scales taken from salmon and sea trout which are caught in Irish rivers and lakes and will contribute to international efforts to conserve wild salmon.”

Fish scales record the life history of a salmon and one scale can reveal a lot about the lifestyle and behaviour of the fish.

Scales can tell scientists what age the fish is, how many winters it has spent at sea, and how many times it spawned.

 Scales can also reveal the general feeding area where the salmon travelled to in the ocean, whether it went to the Faroe Islands, the Norwegian Sea or all the way to West Greenland.

Scales also help scientists to understand the biology and ecology of Irish salmon and sea trout.

 As part of the project, anglers in Dublin are asked to take a scale sample from a salmon or sea trout by gently scraping and removing approximately 20 fish scales using a clean knife.

Anglers are then requested to post their samples to Inland Fisheries Ireland using the sample envelopes which will be made available.

Dr Paddy Gargan, Senior Research Officer at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “It is important to have anglers collecting scales as they can provide broad coverage across Ireland.

“A scale resource which includes many different river systems in Ireland over several years is a great asset. We can compare how factors, such as climate change, are impacting survival by analysing today’s salmon scales alongside those from many decades ago.”

  For more information on the National Salmon Scale Project, and to request sample envelopes, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/

Gus, Shane and Penny O’Reilly with Dr Paddy Gargan and Dr Cathal Gallagher.

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