Salmon Watch Ireland has highlighted, since it's inception in 2004, the alarming decline of Atlantic salmon and sea trout in Ireland. Ireland's Atlantic Salmon resource is rapidly declining from the historic adult runs of up to 2 million fish in the 1970's to less than 250 thousand fish now reaching our shores.We are dedicated to the conservation of Atlantic salmon and Sea trout in Ireland and will endeavor to shape government policy to protect this iconic species.
The role of Salmon Watch Ireland (SWIRL)
Stand up for the salmon and its conservation. The recreational, economic and social values of the salmon are undoubted but they can only be realised if the species continues to exist;
Alert the public as a whole, and not just those with a direct interest, to the plight of the salmon and the measures than will be needed to reverse its decline. From what follows in this document it will be clear that considerable political clout will be needed to accomplish at least some of the measures needed to rescue our salmon stocks (such as in relation to open cage salmon farming) and that will involve greater public understanding of the issues.
Campaign relentlessly with the Government and its agencies for specific measures outlined in this document and for a ‘whole of government’ approach to saving the salmon. Inland Fisheries Ireland is primary among the agencies concerned but they also include IFI’s ‘parent’ the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment together with Marine Institute, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and local authorities.
Subject to resources becoming available to SWIRL to provide a service to anglers, fishery owners and managers and community organisations to enable them establish bodies like river trusts to take on the planning, implementation and management of conservation measures at local level.
Cooperating with other like-minded NGOs at home and abroad. Working towards a common approach to conserve salmonid stocks through protection of habitats and ecosystems.
It is no exaggeration to suggest that, in the lifetime of people living today, Ireland’s wild Atlantic salmon could become a curiosity confined, at best, to a small number of rivers if current trends continue. It is clear that greatly increased mortality at sea combined with climate change is the single most important factor in the decline of salmon stocks. In addition, particularly man-made threats such as salmon farming and river barriers are major problems to be addressed.
In the face of these facts SWIRL proposes that the rational management approach is to re-double efforts to address factors impacting on productivity to ensure that ….salmon rivers….produce the maximum number of healthy wild salmon smolts.
In pursuit of that objective SWIRL has the following demands and proposals:
Salmon Watch Ireland has written to the new Minister for Agriculture, Food ,Marine concerning the licensing of fish farms in contravention of EU Directives. Salmon Watch Ireland complaint to the EU Commission regarding the continued use of the provisions of section 19A (4) of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997 Supreme Court Judgment of McKechnie J […]
Salmon Watch Ireland is delighted to see much improved grilse and salmon runs to Irish rivers since late May. This has led to many comments as to the nature of why improved runs are entering Irish rivers. It is probably unwise to speculate as to the reasons at this early stage and a clearer picture […]
Subject of Complaint: Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997, Ireland, hereafter referred to as the ‘Act’. Salmon Watch Ireland has launched a Complaint to the Commission of European Communities. This complaint focuses on Sections of the Fisheries Act 1997 which permits the continuation of salmon farm licences which have expired. This is certainly a situation whereby the […]