24th April

Plan ‘lacks ambition’ to improve Ireland’s water quality

A two-year overdue River Basin Management Plan “falls far short” of what is needed to protect Ireland’s rivers, lakes and bays to bring them up to a healthy standard, according to the Sustainable Water Network of national and local environmental groups.

Despite best efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency, department, local authority officials and scientists, the Plan “lacks the political will needed to support Ireland’s claim to be a ‘green’ tourist destination” and threatens it capability to become a truly environmentally-friendly food producer through programmes such as ‘Origin Green,” claims Sinead O’Brien, SWAN coordinator.

Courtmacsherry

Sewage waste is most probably responsible for nutrient enrichment as seen here in the Argideen River estuary (2010). Photo Gillian Mills 

Launching the Plan, Minister Eoghan Murphy (Housing, Planning and Local Government) said the four-year Plan would “protect and improve” water quality in groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuarine and coastal waters of 726 water bodies.

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Never trust the ice beneath your feet

Parents and guardians of young people are being advised to especially supervise their children during this period of exceptionally cold weather.

"Stay off ALL ice," warns John Leech, chief executive of Irish Water Safety.

IWS ice warning

Children will be tempted to play on ice where water has frozen on canals, ponds, lakes and flooded areas.

Read more: Never trust the ice beneath your feet

2018 management plans for Ireland's trout waters

Inland Fisheries Ireland has published 2018 stock managment plans for designated trout lakes. Stock management is undertaken to conserve wild brown trout in waters managed by IFI as wild brown trout fisheries. These waters are identified in the IFI's pike and trout management policies.

IFI 2018 management plans

Launching the plan, Sean Kyne, Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector said management of predator species was an "important element" of ensuring the preservation of salmonid species in the seven idenfitied wild brown trout fisheries.

Read more: 2018 management plans for Ireland's trout waters

Research project to boost Irish freshwater aquaculture

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMMF) is backing research at NUI Galway and Athlone Institute of Technology to improve production efficiencies and management of farmed fish at freshwater sites in Ireland. The ‘ECOAQUA’ project, which is administered by BIM through the ‘Knowledge Gateway Scheme’ on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has received almost €350,000.

EcoAqua project

The research programme aims to test and optimise innovative technologies and processes developed through the linked MOREFISH project.

Read more: Research project to boost Irish freshwater aquaculture

Funding package for angling initiatives across Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched its Sponsorship Fund for 2018 to support angling events and initiatives across the country. In 2017, a fund of €30,000 supported 79 events and initiatives across 19 counties with a particular focus on growing Ireland’s angling tourism product and supporting novice anglers. Recreational angling contributed over €800m to Ireland’s economy in 2017, and supported upwards of 11,000 jobs.

IFI fund 2018 carton house

Angling at Carton House 

The sponsorship fund (financial or resource) supports international competitions that showcase Irish angling and contribute to local economies, along with events that increase novice and development participation. It also supports seminar, workshops and training that promote conservation and protection of inland fisheries and sea angling.

Read more: Funding package for angling initiatives across Ireland

Irish world medalists row in behind water safety awareness campaign

Approaching the last bank holiday weekend in 2017, Irish Water Safety reports twenty-seven fewer drownings against this time last year. They warn however that an average five people drown per fortnight - and appeal to the public to be vigilant this weekend, and every weekend.

IWS water safety Oct 2017

Paul and Gary O'Donovan, Ireland's world rowing silver medalists, promote water safety message

Forcasted dry weather on Saturday 'aqua enthusiasts are likely to be enjoying our waters in various ways and in different types of craft, and people tend to  be more at risk as they can become complacent and put themselves and their families in dangerous situations,' they warn.

Water-related tragedies can happen in seconds and with an average 133 drownings every year, John Leench, CEO of Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to take personal responsiblity to ensure no loss of live - and to comply with best practice:

  • always wear a lifejacket when on or near water and ensure that it has a correctly-fitted crotch strap
  • surfers, kite boarders, divers, kayakers and sailors should wear suitably warm and waterproof clothing
  • shore walkers should stay away from the edge, and beach walkers should remain vigilant to the dangers of being stranded and should always carry a mobile phone
  • ensure you are fully trained and competent for your aquatic activity
  • children should be constantly supervised 
  • anglers should be extremely vigilant  of dangersour swells and always wear a lifejacket 
  • alcohol should be avoid before or during any aquatic activity. ( On average, one third of victims have consumed alcohol)
  • sea and freshwater swimmers should take all necessary precautions, never swim alone and be aware that jellyfish are still in Irish coastal waters  
  • In emergency situations, immediately call 112  and ask for the Coast Guard

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Never trust the ice beneath your feet

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2018 management plans for Ireland's trout waters

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Plan ‘lacks ambition’ to improve Ireland’s water quality
 Never trust the ice beneath your feet
2018 management plans for Ireland's trout waters
Research project to boost Irish freshwater aquaculture