Experts say Limerick weir is harming native fish species

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Annacotty Dam

FINDING a solution to the problems caused by the Annacotty weir for local fish populations was the subject of a public meeting in Limerick last week.

Around 60 people turned out for a meeting at the Castletroy Park Hotel organized by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) to hear about the Annacotty Fish Passage project.

Participants included local community groups, angling clubs, government departments, state agencies and environmental organizations.

An IFI spokeswoman said the spillway has been classified as a “significant barrier” to fish, negatively impacting survival rates for species such as wild Atlantic salmon, lamprey, wild brown trout and eels.

Brian Coghlan, research officer at the National Barriers Programme, gave a presentation on how the dam acts as an artificial barrier for certain species of fish and the resulting problems for their life cycle.

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Alan Cullagh, Fisheries Development Inspector at Inland Fisheries Ireland, explained how problems could be overcome and what solutions were being used in Ireland and around the world to improve fish passage at barriers.

Other contributors included fisheries inspector Catherine Hayes and environmental manager Jane Gilleran, both of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Closing the session, Suzanne Campion, Business Development Manager at Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: “The Annacotty Fish Passage project is a very important step towards improving access to fishing habitat on the River Mulkear and it is heartening to see the public’s interest in this project. project”.

“As we highlighted at our public information meeting, we are seeking public input to help inform the most appropriate solution to improve fish passage at Annacotty. This, together with the environmental and technical assessments, will enable us to propose the preferred option for planning permission.

More information on the Annacotty Fish Passage project here

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