Channels and Challenges – The Enhancement of Salmonid Rivers

Channels and Challenges

Over the past 20 years Inland Fisheries Ireland (formally the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards) have invested substantial monies (circa €30m) in the enhancement of salmonid rivers in Ireland which had been damaged by a variety of land management practices – arterial drainage, intensive agricultural practices and other activities.

This Inland Fisheries Ireland publication outlines how IFI has gone about its business in terms of riverine enhancement programmes. The science behind these programmes is outlined. The pitfalls one can encounter are detailed. The impacts of individual land management practices such as drainage, overgrazing, bank trampling, etc. on salmonid channels are outlined. Considerable detail is provided in relation to the various ways physically damaged channels can be enhanced. Specific examples of the gains one can achieve following enhancement programmes are provided.

This book was written primarily for the benefit of the stream enhancement practitioner. However, it is also of considerable interest to planners, developers, educators in the physical geography area and to anyone with an interest in the ecology of river corridors.

While this work relates entirely to Irish riverine enhancement programmes the approach outlined and works undertaken are applicable to damaged salmonid waters in any part of the world.

Channels and Challenges is available for sale online. It can also be requested from the Inland Fisheries Ireland Head Office at a cost of €20 plus postage and packing. Payment may be made by credit card, cheque or postal order and 

For further information or orders please contact:

Sandra Doyle,
Channels and Challenges,
Inland Fisheries Ireland,
3044 Lake Drive,
Citywest Campus,
Dublin 24,

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Tel: +353 (0)1 8842 612