Inland Fisheries Ireland has appealed to anglers and the general public to remain vigilant and report the presence of any Pacific pink salmon in Irish river systems. To date, 30 pink salmon have been recorded in Irish rivers.
Catches of pink salmon have been reported on the Foxford Fishery, Co. Mayo, the Coolcronan Fishery on the River Moy, the Galway Fishery on the River Corrib, the Cong River on the River Corrib and the Drowes and Crana Rivers in Donegal. The most recent catches have been on the River Erriff and River Owengarve in County Mayo.
In Northern Ireland AFBI staff at the River Bush Salmon Station have captured and culled one specimen to date (see image below) and plan to hold any further specimens in holding tanks to observe if spawning takes place.
AFBI Bushmills research on stock/recruitment relationships is at the forefront of international efforts to define salmon spawning targets and test their applicability to salmon management throughout the north-east Atlantic.