Thursday 17 October 2019

New project aims to prevent trapped fish at Clohamon

The Clohamon Weir
The Clohamon Weir

Pádraig Byrne

Following a number of incidents which have seen huge numbers of migrating fish trapped at the Mill Race in Clohamon, Inland Fisheries Ireland have announced that they are to support a new project on the River Slaney which will see the construction of a fish barrier to support fish migration.

The project will be managed by the Slaney River Trust, who have been extremely vocal on the depletion of salmon and trout stocks on the river as a result of them becoming trapped behind the screen at the Mill Race.

It will be funded under the National Strategy for Angling Development Salmon Conservation Fund. A total of €15,000 will be invested by Inland Fisheries Ireland and it is hoped it will have a major impact on protecting fish stocks in the area.

Slaney River Trust will now engage a consultant engineering company to design and construct a suitable fish barrier at Clohamon Weir to help preserve river connectivity for migrating species.

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development said: 'The initiative in Wexford will see the construction of a fish barrier at Clohamon Weir which will help fish who are struggling to migrate naturally on the River Slaney.

'The conservation of our indigenous fish populations is crucial if we are to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries resource in the long term. We look forward to supporting the delivery of this project in Wexford this year.'

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