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.
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:-
- Formal complaint against Mulkear LIFE filed with European Commission
- Major instream works without Appropriate Assessment
- MulkearLIFE are in breach of the EU Habitats Directive
- Serious bank erosion as a result of Ballyclough weir removal by MulkearLIFE
Discussion in relation to their failure to provide scientific evidence for their ‘lamprey pass’ can be found here:-
- MulkearLIFE’s ‘lamprey pass’ – where is the evidence that it works?
- Further comment on Mulkear LIFE’s ‘lamprey pass’
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??