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To: Inland Fisheries Ireland

Remove legal nets from Castlemaine Harbour

Stop netting Wild Atlantic Salmon in Castlemaine Harbour!

Why is this important?

Every year thousands of Wild Atlantic Salmon are netted and killed in Castlemaine Harbour by Legal State Regulated nets. With Atlantic Salmon at critical levels and to legally license nets to kill our Native Salmon is beyond unacceptable. Castlemaine Harbour is an SAC which means Atlantic Salmon are a qualifying interest. Nets operate all over the Harbour, some are licensed to operate in Cromane, others in the mouths of very important rivers like the Laune and the Maine. The Behy river, Caragh River and the Emalgh river are all affected by nets operating in Cromane. Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state body in charge of protecting our Salmon in Ireland, authorise a mixed stock fishery in Castlemaine Harbour. In 2019 the number of salmon netted in the river Laune was 1,539 and in Cromane it was 549. There is reason to believe that many more Salmon are caught illegally also by not being tagged when caught in nets. Inland Fisheries Ireland admit that Salmon numbers are decreasing every year so why allow these nets to continue killing Salmon year in and year out. We put alot of pressure on this issue last year and it will be the same this year. Its an environmental disaster and our government is at fault. They are the ones leasing the nets so they can continue to destroy our beautiful rivers. This practice is not only continued in Castlemaine Harbour but continues all over Ireland. We want to concentrate first on Castlemaine because we believe that the Maine river is under serious stress and the figures collected by the Inland Fisheries Ireland are falsified to keep the fishery open. I wont be going nowhere, netting starts in May and we start now, get sharing and signing. Tight lines. Daniel

How it will be delivered

When netting stops we will decide what to do!



2024-03-02 07:16:43 +0000

Nets are coming to an end!

2024-02-09 11:49:36 +0000

Petition heard in the Dail again today!

2023-09-28 18:57:21 +0100

Will be in Kerry's eye for soon about the petition!

2023-05-16 19:54:22 +0100

Netting back on in 2023!

2023-04-27 13:31:08 +0100

Eamon ryan to answer parliamentary questions next week on river maine fish counter!

2022-12-17 18:22:42 +0000

At the moment this is peak time for the wholesalers of wild salmon, let's hope that this is the last Christmas that wild salmon will be on sale...

2022-12-01 13:30:38 +0000

so its Christmas the real damage is done! The majority of the wild Salmon will have been frozen and now will be defrosted and smoked! It will then be sold in Germany for 5 times the price it could be sold here!

2022-07-23 16:59:33 +0100

still here not going anywhere!

2022-02-09 11:17:58 +0000

Still going strong, lets try and get to 2,000 signatures before the slaughter of salmon starts again May!

2021-07-19 01:47:45 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2021-04-06 22:14:00 +0100

500 signatures reached

2021-04-02 12:31:45 +0100

2021-04-01 22:57:13 +0100

100 signatures reached

2021-04-01 19:30:32 +0100

50 signatures reached

2021-04-01 18:04:47 +0100

25 signatures reached