2nd Sea Trout Symposium

This major event will build on the success of the 1st International Symposium on the ‘Biology, Conservation & Management of Sea Trout’ held in Cardiff, Wales in 2004. Its overall objective will be

To promote the application of the latest science to the better management of sea trout stocks and their associated fisheries

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International Sea Trout Symposium focuses on species’ management and conservation

PRESS RELEASE, 22 October 2015

Sea Trout Symposium

: Dr Cathal Gallagher and Dr Ciaran Byrne, Inland Fisheries Ireland, with Joe McHugh, Minister of State at the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources, and Cynthia Smith, Deputy Secretary, Department of Culture Arts and Leisure Northern Ireland at the 2nd International Sea Trout Symposium in Dundalk.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and Northern Ireland’s Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) have welcomed delegates to the second International Sea Trout Symposium, which took place from 20th to 22nd October in Dundalk.

The Symposium’s key objective was to promote the wider application of an evidence-based approach to the future management and regulation of the sea trout. It also considered developments since the last symposium, held in 2004, and highlighted priorities for future investigation.

International scientists, managers and policy makers interested in the conservation and protection of the sea trout attended the conference. Sea trout is a valuable natural resource in Ireland, offering an exceptional angling experience to both tourists and locals. Irish fisheries managers are therefore very focused on the sustainable management, and, where required, the restoration of these valuable stocks. Outputs of the symposium will be used to develop national sea trout policies.

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín, said: “Last year I brought in new legislation to protect both salmon and sea trout in our native rivers. All salmon and sea trout caught must be released back into the water, unless those rivers are meeting ‎their management targets.

Sea Trout Symposium

Denis Maher, Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Dr Ciaran Byrne, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Cynthia Smith, Deputy Secretary, Department of Culture Arts and Leisure Northern Ireland, and Dr Cathal Gallagher, Inland Fisheries Ireland at the 2nd International Sea Trout Symposium in Dundalk.

“We are delighted to be working with Inland Fisheries Ireland in advancing our knowledge of this species so that we all can enhance our understanding of their complex life history and ensure that we are taking all the necessary steps not only to conserve them but also to enhance stocks in our rivers.”

Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, commented:“I would like to compliment all the scientists, managers and fisheries stakeholders on their passion and enthusiasm in extending their knowledge and understanding of sea trout management and conservation. The presence of this iconic migrant, which leaves freshwater and wanders our coastal waters to feed heavily before returning to its natal streams to spawn, is considered by many as a very positive environmental indicator. I look to Inland Fisheries Ireland to ensure that sustainable management of sea trout is prioritised, and that the loss of sea trout populations, which has occurred in some areas, is halted.

“I will work with Inland Fisheries Ireland to ensure that serious efforts are made to restore and conserve this valuable component of biodiversity in Ireland. I also applaud the north-south approach being taken in supporting science and management issues – this is required to ensure the future effective management of sea trout stocks.

For more information, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie

ENDS

Contact

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development, Inland Fisheries Ireland
Mob: 087-2690183 Tel: 052 6180055 Fax: 052 6123971
Email: suzanne.campion@fisheriesireland.ie Website: www.fisheriesireland.ie

Note to Editors

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. IFI will promote, support, facilitate and advise the Minister on, the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling and develop and advise the Minister on policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling. For more information visitwww.fisheriesireland.ie.

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