• Deenish Island – Salmon Watch Ireland Submission – ALAB

    SALMON Watch Ireland wishes to make the following submission in relation to the above appeal by Comhlucht Iascaireachta Fanad Teoranta (MOWI Ireland), Fanad Fisheries, Kindrum, Fanad, Letterkenny Co Donegal. Firstly…


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  • Sea Lice Ireland – Erriff River Study

    The long term study of sea lice in Ireland by Inland Fisheries Ireland has definitively linked a reduction of up to 50% in returning adult salmon to high levels…


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  • Marine Harvest – Smolts or Not

    Smolt overstocking by Marine Harvest Hereunder find documentation regarding the gross over…


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  • Scottish Salmon Farming and its Environmental Impacts

    This review is a very important element in understanding the impacts of salmon farming in Scotland and is certainly important in the ongoing debate surrounding aquaculture in Ireland. It…


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  • Patagonia- Salmon

    "The road to extinction is paved with good intentions". This is a very apt statement and demonstrates that we as a society have failed to understand the natural world. The three areas examined in this film demonstrates the folly of salmon hatcheries and their effects on wild salmon survival, the damming of rivers which has interrupted the connectivity of important ecosystem services and the natural transfer of nutrients from oceans to freshwater catchments and the very substantial problems caused by open net pen salmon farms causing a cascade of effects through breeding with wild fish causing a rapid decline in genetic diversity to disease transfer to wider ecosystem and out of control parasitic infestations.  For more information please go to the following link- Patagonia Artifishal   Artifishal Film – Salmon https://youtu.be/I-MMlQ5AIzQ


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  • International Year of the Salmon- David Attenborough and Salmon Survival

    Atlantic and Pacific salmon  face many unique problems in today's world. David Attenborough, a champion of nature, reflects on the perilous state of salmon stocks around the globe and warns that these salmon stocks cannot be saved unless we adapt our behaviour  to protect our vital ecosystems.   International Year of the Salmon- David Attenboroughhttps://youtu.be/riO36JBni4M


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  • Salmon Farming in Ireland

    Salmon Farming in Ireland The advent of salmon farming in the late 1980’s in Ireland gave rise to much debate in regard to the negative effects that this new type of practice might mean for our coastal marine environment. Unfortunately the most visible consequence was observed almost immediately in that a strange and unexpected premature sea trout migration back to freshwater took place in areas where salmon farming was being carried out. These fish were early returnees and within a few weeks of their migration as smolts or kelts they had returned in large numbers with varying degrees of injury and infection. Adults and finnock (immature fish at sea) were equally affected with the common denominator being their closeness to salmon farms and the number of sea lice attached to these wild fish,which were many times what was expected in wild fish.  


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