Inland Fisheries Ireland and fishery owners are indicating that wild Atlantic salmon are returning in “record” numbers to rivers along the Atlantic seaboard. Western Regional Manager of the IFI, Francis O’Donnell, said there were high numbers of healthy fish on Galway’s Corrib, Mayo’s River Moy and Ballisodare in Sligo.
Dr. Ken Whelan, Director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust, said that he was aware of the reports, but cautioned that “one good salmon season” does not necessarily suggest a positive trend. Alan Maloney, owner of the Mount Falcon Hotel in Co Mayo, which has a two-mile stretch of the River Moy, said that anglers had caught 290 fish in July. “It’s not just the numbers returning this year, but the size and good condition of the fish.”
Commercial driftnet fishing for wild salmon in Ireland was banned in 2007. Licence holders were offered what was described by many of them as a small and bad compensation packaged that was rejected by a number of the licence holders.
DUBLIN PORT ABANDONS CRUISE PLAN
Dublin Port Company has abandoned its plan to develop new cruise berths as part of the North Wall Quay Extension under the port's Masterplan for development to 2040. Its twin objectives are to provide capacity to cater for growth in cargo volumes and to re-integrate Dublin Port with the city. The proposed cruise berth expansion plan was part of the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project costing an estimated €108m.
CORK PORT DREDGING
From Wednesday next, August 19, maintenance dredging will be underway on all main shipping channels and berths in Cork Harbour. “Dredging is a multi-million Euro operation necessary to remove sediment and natural deposition on the riverbed,” according to Cork Port Company. The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Dumping at Sea (DAS/Dredging) License and will have a compliance monitoring team during the dredging. The Port Company says the operation is expected to be completed by mid-October.