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Title: The Beltra Fishery, Co. Mayo and its sea-trout Salmo trutta stocks
Authors: Fahy, E.
Keywords: Beltra Fishery, Co. Mayo
sea-trout Salmo trutta
Issue Date: 1981
Publisher: Department of Fisheries and Forestry
Citation: Fahy, E., "The Beltra Fishery, Co. Mayo and its sea-trout Salmo trutta stocks", Irish Fisheries Bulletin, Department of Fisheries and Forestry 1981
Series/Report no.: Irish Fisheries Bulletin;4
Abstract: The sea trout stocks of the Lough Beltra catchment in Co. Mayo are described from a sample of 620 specimens collected in 1973 and 1974. These angler-caught fish displayed a low diversity in age categories and the samples contained few previous spawners. Variation in the success of parr growth in different years, between males and females and between A and B type smolts is compared. The incidence of A type growth is high, resembling that of a neighbouring catchment and the amount of B type growth can be related to length of the estuary. The Beltra angling fishery for sea trout exploits mainly two year smolt post-smolt. Traditionally the angling clientele have originated largely out of state and the decline in catches in recent years is attributed to a smaller volume of tourism in the post-1969 period. Catch per effort does not correlate with the supposed availability of sea trout and angling effort is regarded as the main factor deciding the yield from the fishery.
ISSN: 0332-4338
Appears in Collections:Irish Fisheries Bulletin

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