18th December

Wild Atlantic salmon from sustainable Irish fisheries

Wild Atlantic salmon from sustainably-managed, traditional net fisheries on estuaries and rivers around Ireland, is now available at fish counters countrywide. 

The commercial quota of 11,131 from a total of 58,599 fish (angling and commercial) will be harvested where there are good numbers of returning salmon. 

 wild Irish salmon

Wild Atlantic salmon is a premium product, rich in Omega-3 oils and is truly organic, feeding on wild fish and krill, and travelling thousands of miles on its long ocean migration. 

"We all have a duty to ensure that conservation measures continue to be effective. Buying or selling illegally-caught salmon jeopardises Ireland's potential to have a sustainable salmon fishery," remarked Sean Kyne, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 

Salmon conservation measures ensure that only appropriately tagged and recorded wild salmon, commercially caught within the State, may be sold. As part of the wild salmon and sea trout tagging regulations, all legally caught wild salmon must have a valid gill-tag (green for draft net and white for snap net fishing) or tail-tag for imported wild salmon, before processing.

Only authorised dealers or commercial licensed salmon fishermen may sell these fish. It is not permitted to sell rod-caught wild salmon within the State, or sell wild salmon without a valid gill or tail tag attached.

The purchase or sale of illegally-caught salmon can be reported on 1890 34 74 24. 

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