IFI - Invasive Species app

Inland Fisheries Ireland's new smart phone app is now available to download from the Google Play and iTunes App stores.


The easy to use and readily accessible ‘IFI - Invasive Species’ app will aid users in the identification of invasive species and permit them to take georeferenced photographs that will immediately be uploaded to the IFI server. The information so received will be reviewed, uploaded onto the IFI species database and, if the sighting is of something new or particularly worrying, will trigger an immediate on-site survey by IFI staff.

An angler receives a stamp to verify the disinfection of his gear

The World Cup Trout Fly Angling Championship took place on Lough Mask between the 2nd and 6th of August 2012. The event is a highpoint in the angling calendar and was contested by just under 500 keen fly fishermen from home and abroad. It is clear that the anglers that attended this competition realise the importance of an amenity like Lough Mask, as it provides quality angling in clean, unpolluted waters. This became even more apparent by the support that was shown for the disinfection initiative at the competition...

Japanese knotweed

A recent article from Great Britain reported that Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) has been having a detrimental effect on the UK housing market. Japanese knotweed was originally introduced to both Great Britain and Ireland as an ornamental garden plant, but quickly escaped into the wild. The plant is now widespread across both islands. The invasiveness of the plant is a result of its hardiness and the speed with which it can grow. Chemical treatment can take several years to fully eradicate the plant as it possesses an extensive root and rhizome system that can extend up to 3 metres below the surface...

Water primrose

In October 2009, staff from Inland Fisheries Ireland confirmed the presence Ludwigia grandiflora (Water primrose) in ponds in Sneem, Co. Kerry. It was the first record of this species growing in the wild in Ireland. At the time, this highly invasive species was already causing significant environmental and economic damage in many parts of the world, and was the subject of intensive control measures in Great Britain. The survey of the pond revealed that three other high priority invasive species were also present.

Crassula

In January 2012 staff from IFI, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the management of Castlegregory Golf Club applied jute matting to a section of a Natterjack toad breeding pond in an effort to control the invasive aquatic weed New Zealand pigmyweed (Crassula helmsii).

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