Catchment News

Leitrim: anglers learn how to protect small hill and coastal streams

Karen Kennedy tells us how the LA Waters Programme organised training for anglers who wanted to learn more about protecting and managing small streams, and citizen science techniques.

Anglers from Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Fermanagh and Cavan came together on the 20 October 2018 at The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim to learn about protecting and managing small hill and coastal streams. The course was organised by the Local Authority Waters Programme and provided participants with an understanding of the role small streams play in the functioning of a catchment. It was also an opportunity to learn about basic citizen science techniques.

Dr Ken Whelan, fisheries and environmental consultant, delivered the day-long training. This involved interactive discussions in the morning, followed by scientific sampling and survey work on the Ballagh River in the afternoon. A staff member of Inland Fisheries Ireland was also present to provide advice on access, and timing of in-stream activities. The anglers will hopefully be able to carry out basic assessment of the health of small streams in their areas which provide important habitats for juvenile fish.

The training was an important opportunity to build regional and cross border networks and exchange information on work being carried out by volunteers on catchment protection in their areas. Several anglers commented on the relaxed setting for the course, and are eager to expand on their citizen science skills into the future.

Karen Kennedy, LA Waters Programme

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