- Concerns raised that Irish Atlantic salmon and trout could be at risk from the non-native species
- First reported Pacific pink salmon captured in Ireland this year on the River Moy in Mayo
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the state agency responsible for the protection and conservation of freshwater fish and habitats, has today issued an alert, asking the angling community and general public to report any sightings of Pacific pink salmon.
Also known as ‘humpback’ salmon, pink salmon were very rare in Irish waters until 2017 and are believed to have originated from stocking programmes in Russia. Scientists at Inland Fisheries Ireland are concerned that if there are large numbers of the non-native species in Irish rivers, this may have negative impacts on Ireland’s salmon and trout populations in the future.
Picture below shows the first reported Pacific pink salmon that was caught in Ireland in 2021. It came from the Ridge Pool in the Moy Fishery (Co. Mayo) and was caught on June 27th 2021