2012 redd countMay 20th, 2013
The redd count for the river for 2012 has recently come to hand and while we are still a very long way off the level of abundance seen in the 1960s the trend is mildly encouraging with a total of just over 1200 redds counted which is the second best result since 2001. You can click though to see details of the 2012 count and the comparative figures for the past 15 years along with an earlier report on the November visit to the redds
Report week ending 20 MayMay 20th, 2013
Following a bout of heavy rain the week started off with a bang with Tiernan’s big fish in Enniscorthy. A number of other high double figure fish were lost including one by Eanna Murphy which broke him by wrapping itself around a rock on the Farmleigh stretch. The good fishing was spread along the river with one beat producing 4 fish on Thursday and several lost. Also on Thursday Stuart Feeney landed 2 fish at Kildavin, and Mary Harkin one further downstream on Friday. By the week end the sun and dry weather started to take its toll and I would expect the river to quieten down a bit until we see another fresh.
New Zealand based scientist writes to Minister re salmon farm riskMay 18th, 2013
The Galway independent, in an article also picked up by the Atlantic Salmon Federation, reports that Professor Mark Costello of Auckland has written to Minister Coveney re the risk of mass salmon fatalities arising from sea lice . The departmental response is depressingly familiar claiming that Irish protocols on sea lice represent the best practice internationally.
Another big springer landedMay 16th, 2013
Another big fish has been caught, this time by TiernanSludds at Enniscorthy. Tiernan, an experienced angler who has caught plenty of Slaney fish, estimates the fish would easily have hit the magical 20 pounds mark on the scales and you’d find it hard to argue with him on the evidence of this photo.
He also landed another fish about 12 pounds and lost 2 more during the day. This is the third 20 pounder landed in the space of three weeks on the Slaney and while the river is noted for it’s big Spring fish in recent years it is unheard of for it to produce more than the very occasional fish of this quality.
What’s the reason for this significant improvement? Many would argue that the banning of drift nets at sea and the absence of draft nets in the estuary has given these fish a much better chance of returning to spawn. Now that the netting gauntlet is gone we can hope to see many more fish like this one in the coming years, and maybe even one or two more this season.
Scottish Fish fam had pesticide residue levels 400 times above approved limitMay 12th, 2013
The Herald Scotland reported last week on the fact that Scotland’s environment agency has found 12 salmon farms pesticide residues above the approved level. One Marine Harvest site was reported as having levels over 400 times the approved level!