Pacific or Pink Humpback Salmon

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Overview

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
Common name: Pink salmon, humpback salmon
Habitat: 
Description: Pink salmon have large black ovals on the tail, very small scales, 11-19 rays on the anal fin, no dark spots of the gill cover, and the upper jaw extends beyond the eye.
Origin and Worldwide Distribution: Pink or humpback salmon are a migratory species of salmon, native to river systems in the northern Pacific Ocean and adjacent regions of the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. Outside of its native range, the species has established self-sustaining populations in rivers in northern Norway and in the far northwest of Russia. These populations are believed to have originated from stocking programmes undertaken in this part of Russia in the second half of the 20th century. Pink salmon have very rarely been recorded in Irish or British waters to date. However, in summer 2017, incidences of pink salmon have been increasingly reported from angling catches in the west and north of Ireland and also in Britain.
Potential or Known Impacts:
How did it get here? These populations are believed to have originated from stocking programmes undertaken in this part of Russia in the second half of the 20th century.
Is it present in Ireland? Yes. 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.
Methods of prevention: By prohibiting sales, keeping and restocking of the species in the rivers.  This provides the rapid eradication of any establishing population and management of existing population. 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. See Inland Fisheries Ireland guidance - IFI Procedure to follow if you catch a Pink Salmon   Inland Fisheries Ireland Pink Salmon Identification Flyer August 2017      
Check out the distinctive spotted tail And the prominent jaw line
Invasive Species Ireland

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