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Fergus O'dowd TD and Gerry Keenan, Chairperson of the Dee and Glyde Fishing Association at the opening of the White River Enhancement Project.

Fergus O'dowd TD and Gerry Keenan, Chairperson of the Dee and Glyde Fishing Association at the opening of the White River Enhancement Project.

Fergus O'dowd TD and Gerry Keenan, Chairperson of the Dee and Glyde Fishing Association at the opening of the White River Enhancement Project.

THE DEE and Glyde Fishing Development Association's involvement in the Celtic Sea Trout Project and the ongoing salmon conservation measures which the 200-plus club members have completed were mentioned at the official opening of the White River Enhancement Project.

The official unveiling of the plaque at the Barn Road was carried out by Minister For State, Fergus O'dowd, watched by deputies, Gerald Nash, Dominic Hannigan, Peter Fitzpatrick, and councillors including Colm Markey and Pearse Mcgeough.

Along with Jim Curley, joint secretary, Dee and Glyde Fishing Development Association, a number of club members, Dr Kieran Byrne, CEO Inland Fisheries Ireland, who was accompanied by his son, Killian, IFI inspector, Josie Mahon, IFI, Ronan O'brien, IFI supervisor, Mary O'neill, Louth Leader Partnership, Colm Markey, chairman, Louth Leader Partnership, John Butler, Louth Leader Partner Partnership, Paddy Green, former supervisor, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board and many others.

The Dee and Glyde Fishing Development was specially selected by the IFI and top scientist, Dr Willie Roche, to monitor the movements of sea trout between Welsh and Irish rivers.

As part of the Celtic Sea Trout programme, the anglers who catch sea trout, take scales from the fish, put them into specially provided envelopes, weigh and measures them and then send the scales into the IFI and UCD for analysis.

The club has also been involved for the last five years in another project to increase salmon spawning on the east coast of Ireland. Salmon stocks are low and this project tries to remedy this by creating spawning beds, using rock and gravel, oxeganting deflector and removal of silt and weeds.

Louth Leader partnership provided €40,000 for the mid-louth project, which the club matched.


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