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Fish Stock Survey of Lough Melvin, July 2021

The lake has been surveyed for fish previously, primarily to evaluate brown trout stocks, by Inland Fisheries Ireland (previously the Central Fisheries Board and the Northern Regional Fisheries Board) in 1986 and 2001 using the standard IFI netting method for assessing brown trout stocks in lakes. Since then Lough Melvin has been surveyed on five occasions (2008, 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2021) since 2008. During the earlier surveys, perch was the most abundant fish species recorded. Arctic char, salmon, three ecotypes of trout (sonaghen, gillaroo and ferox), rudd, roach x rudd hybrids and eels were also recorded.

This report summarises the results of the 2021 fish stock survey carried out on the lake using Inland Fisheries Ireland’s fish in lakes monitoring protocol. The protocol is WFD compliant and also provides insight into fish stock status in the lake

Topics: Lake Surveys 2021 |