Welcome to the homepage of the Annacotty Fish Passage Project.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is leading this project as the state agency with responsibility for fish in rivers, such as the Mulkear. The project encourages pro-active engagement from stakeholders across the community including key state agencies, special interest groups, voluntary, public and private sectors.
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The ultimate goal of this project is to improve fish passage at Annacotty Weir on the River Mulkear for species such as Atlantic salmon, sea lamprey, river lamprey, eels and trout, helping them migrate both up and downstream.
Annacotty Weir has been identified as a significant barrier to the free movement of fish and Inland Fisheries Ireland recently secured €99, 481 under the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund. This money will be used to support the assessment and planning phase of this project.
A well-attended public information meeting was held in August 2022 in Limerick, to make more people aware of the Annacotty Fish Passage Project and to highlight potential solutions to the problems that the weir is causing Ireland’s fish populations.
Here’s a pre-recorded version of a presentation from Brian Coghlan, a Research Officer with the National Barriers Programme, about how the weir acts as an artificial ‘barrier’.
And, here’s a pre-recorded version of a presentation from Alan Cullagh, a Fisheries Development Inspector, talking about how the problems could be overcome.