The annual conference hosted by Salmon Watch Ireland on the 21 April 2018 examines the ongoing debate as to whether the wild Atlantic salmon has a future in Ireland. It is an opportunity for all persons interested in this unique fish to engage with those concerned with the management of the resource. There will also be an opportunity to view the remarkable film “Lost at Sea” which should promote a large degree of discussion as to why Atlantic salmon continue to struggle in Ireland and elsewhere.
This year we have deliberately included a substantial period for discussion where views on how salmon abundance might once again be achieved. This will be an open forum where the views of the audience and panel of speakers on ‘What is to be done’ can be discussed.
1100 – Opening
1115 – ‘The state of the Irish salmon population’ – Dr Ciaran Byrne, Chief Executive, Inland Fisheries Ireland.
1200 – ‘The drivers of the decline in the salmon population’ –Dr Ken Whelan, Director Research, Atlantic Salmon Trust.
1245 – Lunch and the showing of the documentary film‘Atlantic salmon – Lost at sea’.
1415 – ‘What is to be done’ – Discussion facilitated by Eamon Cusack, Vice President, Institute of Fisheries Management.
1530 – Conclusions – Niall Greene, Chair of the Board, Salmon Watch Ireland.