The Status of Irish Salmon Stocks in 2018 with Catch Advice for 2019

Look up Scientific Advice for Your River in 2019


The scientific advice for your river is included in the following document. If you are interested in learning how the scientific process works then study this document well. Salmon stocks are low on most rivers with no real prospect of improvement unless oceanic conditions improve. Localised problems may also be affecting your river like excessive predation or salmon farms. 

Status of Salmon Stocks in 2018 and Catch Advice 2019

Individual River - Catch Advice


  1. Andrew Newman says:

    I fish the blackwater have not seen many fish

    • John Murphy says:

      Yes the stocks are poor when compared to historical norms. There are a multitude of factors involved. If you care to look at this film it might be more informative of the complexities of the situation. on front page.

  2. Chris Gallagher says:

    How come nobody is fighting these issues based on the scientific facts. Most problems are happening in the rivers before they get to the ocean. We have a river in Ireland that has a serious surplus of fish due to very good management and river enhancements. And predation control. It’s runs improve each year with a annual run of 12–15000 Salmon. For a small system. Cormorants and salmon farms major factor but seems zero push in controlling these measures. The ocean is out of our control to a point but inland we can control but fisheries choose to ignore the facts. It’s a disgrace we have fisheries ignoring poaching. Simple formula for scientists if enough smolts don’t leave a system then less adults return and that can be easily fixed of they wish to save salmon but the fact is they have zero interest. It’s disgusting especially inland fisheries who allow snatching and fishing on a weir in Ballina when there head office is 300 yards from this slaughter.

    • John Murphy says:

      Firstly I assume you are referring to Ballysadare which is an excellent system. The run through the counter is between 5 and 10 k and with rod catch below weir (1500 PLUS) is reflective of 7 -10k run. The river has a conservation limit of approximately 7 thousand fish so is not a small system. Rod catches are high due to weir. The river is well run certainly but look at factual information.Of course there is interest in achieving more smolts to sea but it is difficult to gauge how to succeed given intensification of agriculture and urbanisation plus perceived increases in predation. If you have information about the situation on the Moy, you might give it to us. I assume the area you refer to is controlled by a club and not IFI. If a private fishery owner or club allows this behaviour then they should suffer the consequences. IFI should operate a zero tolerance policy towards this type of behaviour.

  3. James walsh says:

    I fish blackwater river in lismore and we see big problem wit netting on river . Weekend fishing is much better with nets off.

    • John Murphy says:

      Hi James,
      Yes netting is a significant issue but is only allowed on stocks with a surplus. We have engaged and will continue to engage Government in order to see a ban on commercial exploitation into the future. However some of the private owners have ownership of these rights. The public netting licences are another issue and are within the grant of the state and should be discontinued.However rod exploitation now runs at twice the level of the commercial catch

  4. Kevin Connolly says:

    The way the governemnt has let our salmon fishing decline to such a state is appaling and just shows the lack of interest our public representatives in protecting our rivers and a huge tourist potentail. Imagine they let someone legally NET the Blackwater taking over 2000 salmon when the river is nearly depleted. The problem may start in the sea but something has to be done in the rivers when there is eveidence EG Ballysadare that fishery’s work.

    • John Murphy says:

      Yes we certainly agree with your comments. In regard to netting on the Blackwater, we certainly would like it to be suspended or purchased but as their is a surplus netting of a certain percentage is allowed. Rod harvest and commercial netting is roughly 50/50 by official records. Ballisodare is an excellent system where water quality and habitat is unspoiled primarily due to lack of mans influence in catchment. The catchment is large and should be producing this run with its limestone base. Unfortunately intensification of agriculture and development hinder water quality and habitat management in the majority of catchments. There are new initiatives to improve water quality so this may help but agriculture is a significant issue.

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