Over €770,000 has been awarded to 17 projects to support fisheries conservation across Ireland, including projects on the rivers Erriff and Moy in Mayo.
Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state agency with responsibility for the protection and conservation of freshwater fish and habitats, is awarding funding to 17 projects in 11 counties under the ‘Habitats and Conservation Scheme 2021’. In Mayo, €55,000 in funding has been awarded for two separate projects in the county.
Firstly, €40,000 in funding was awarded for research along the Erriff River, to help develop understanding of how temperature factors can influence the survival rates of young sea trout. The funding will also be used to research the ‘thermal preferences’ of sea trout smolt migration.
Along the River Moy, the East Mayo Anglers Association was awarded €15,000 in funding for river habitat management plans to identify appropriate prioritised measures for salmon and sea trout habitat rehabilitation. The plan will be over a five-year period covering the East Mayo Anglers Association waters of the River Moy.