National Heritage Week marked by Inland Fisheries Ireland event at Glenveagh National Park

Monday, 28th of August 2017: Almost 300 children and adults took part in a public initiative by Inland Fisheries Ireland at Glenveagh National Park, Donegal, on Sunday 27th of August to mark Marking National Heritage Week.

National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days and is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission and is the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events shared by the citizens of Europe. Over 70,000 events are organised every year in order to help raise awareness of Europe’s common heritage and the continuous need for its protection.

Given that the theme for that day was ‘Water’, Inland Fisheries Ireland staff brought along an aquarium with brown trout and salmon of different year classes and in keeping with the overall focus of European Heritage Week this year - the unique link between people and nature - those in attendance heard talks on the life cycles of the various fish species which are present in Glenveagh National Park such as Brown Trout, Salmon, Arctic Char and Sea trout.

 

Photo: Inland Fisheries Staff IFI Staff at Glenveagh - Seamus Bradley, James Doherty, Owen Kelly

 

Led by Assistant Inspector Owen Kelly, Inland Fisheries Ireland staff also had locally sourced samples of insects from streams and many people were amazed at the abundance and diversity of the macroinvertebrates in each of the samples. Attendees were also given the opportunity to examine these insects in detail with the aid of the microscopes and magnifying glasses.

Children who attended the event were given a fish species poster, fish species book and a Catch-Photo-Release (#CPRsavesfish) wristband as part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s campaign to highlight a method of angling where a fish is caught and subsequently returned unharmed back into the water, which contributes to the maintenance of healthy fish stocks and ensures future generations can continue to enjoy the recreational and economic benefits of the fisheries resource.  

ENDS

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

More on the CPR Saves Fish campaign: http://fishinginireland.info/cprsavesfish/

 

About Inland Fisheries Ireland:

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.