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Wednesday, September 24, 2014


24/9/14 Straight to the hired out boat department of Mr. Fran Murray and Mr. Shane O’Neill caught 2 Juniors on the drift. Now we cut across the Lake to the Bungalow, Mr. Peter Liddel, while fishing with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of caught a find Sea Trout just over the 3 lbs which he sportingly returned, so my Noble Sea trout could head up stream to produce our great Sea Trout, be it small or specimen and best of all so we the angler can have good sport for the future and of course its right to survival, the reason I say this is because I had an email commenting on  my photo of the Fish Farm out at Scarriff so I will let Mr. Murray T. Beatts have the last word on today’s notes. I saw your post about Salmon Farms, and all I can say is ask the Canadians!  They have had a lot of trouble as a result of salmon farming in the ocean, including but not limited to inshore pollution caused by the inevitable overfeeding that goes along with salmon farming.  In some areas it has changed the coastal biology completely.
Further, part of the local history in Waterville, as told to me by Michael Moriarty, is that the first incidence of UDN, commonly called Salmon Disease, was in Waterville and was rumoured to be the result of the short-lived rainbow trout hatchery there. This happened long before my time so it was not something I witnessed myself, but Mike was convinced of it.
Atlantic salmon and sea trout are such a fragile resource, that I would not agree that taking any risk with them merely to make money, was a good idea.  Especially since the sea trout fishing in Waterville is now so much better than it used to be in my day.

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