Several reports of non-native Pink Salmon in Galway, Mayo and Donegal rivers according to Inland Fisheries Ireland
There have been several reports of non-native Pink Salmon in Galway, Mayo and Donegal rivers according to Inland Fisheries Ireland.
The Pink Salmon species, which is of Pacific origin , has been reported on several occasions during the past two weeks. The appearance of the species is of concern to Inland Fisheries Ireland as it says it may impact on Ireland’s own Atlantic salmon species.
Catches of Pink Salmon have been reported on the Foxford Fishery and the Coolcronan Fishery on the River Moy, the Galway Fishery on the River Corrib, the Cong River and the Drowes River in Donegal in recent days.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is asking members of the public who catch a Pink Salmon to contact Inland Fisheries Ireland with details.
The species has a number of unique characteristics which are different to Atlantic Salmon.
Dr Greg Forde, is Head of Operations at Inland Fisheries Ireland and told Midwest News that the Pink Salmon is not a welcome sight in Atlantic salmon waters.
Reports can be made to Inland Fisheries Ireland’s 24 hour confidential hotline number - 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24. For further information about Pink Salmon and to download the Pink Salmon Factsheet, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie .