Ireland’s Dodgy Sea lamprey Mitigation?

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s talk delivered at #‎fishpassage2015‬ was entitled “Dodgy barriers: conservation implications and mitigations for sea lamprey in Irish SAC’s“. This should have been entitled “Ireland’s dodgy sea lamprey mitigation” in our opinion. There is no lamprey pass at Annacotty weir today despite €1.75 million of EU funds being spent. The lamprey pass that was installed here only worked to some degree at very low flows – but is now long gone.

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“Dodgy barriers: conservation implications and mitigations for sea lamprey in Irish SAC’s” – more like “Ireland’s dodgy sea lamprey mitigation”

Here is the weir at Annacotty today (12 July 2015). There is no lamprey pass here. The €1.75 million is long gone also. Dodgy??

We made a complaint to the European Commission about this, see here:-

Ireland’s Dodgy Sea lamprey Mitigation?

Further details of the significant environmental impacts of MulkearLIFE’s activities can be found here:-

The benefits for lampreys and other species that were promised and paid for by the EU have not been delivered by this organisation, but the €1.75 million of funding is now long gone

The benefits for lampreys and other species that were promised and paid for by the EU were not delivered by Mulkear LIFE / Inland Fisheries Ireland –  but the €1.75 million of funding for lamprey passage is now long gone, as are the experimental passes.

Dodgy lamprey mitigation

Ireland’s dodgy lamprey mitigation – Annacotty weir. Mulkear LIFE’s project did not even attempt to address passage problems for River Lamprey – also a key conservation interest of the Lower River Shannon SAC. With just a fraction of the €1.75 million that was spent passage for all species (including European eel) could have been provided at this weir.

Discussion in relation to their failure to provide scientific evidence for their ‘lamprey pass’ can be found here:-

Mulkear LIFE took a range of short-cuts that damaged their reputation and the Lower River Shannon SAC. The benefits for lampreys and other species that were promised and paid for by the EU were not delivered by this organisation, but the €1.75 million of funding is now long gone – apparently benefiting only those individuals directly involved in this project. Dodgy or what??

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