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Title: Prospects for the development of the Irish eel fishery
Authors: Moriarty, C
Keywords: Leaflet
Issue Date: 1981
Publisher: Department of Fisheries and Forestry (Trade and Information Section)
Citation: Moriarty, C., "Prospects for the development of the Irish eel fishery", Fishery Leaflet, Department of Fisheries and Forestry (Trade and Information Section) 1981
Series/Report no.: Fishery Leaflet;109
Abstract: It is considered that the lakes and rivers of Ireland (Republic) could be managed to achieve a production of 1,500 tonnes of eel a year. The value of this catch would be £3 million for fresh fish. A fishery with this yield could form a basis for a processing industry and enhanced value. Experience indicates that the current catch, of not more than 150 tonnes per year, does not provide a sufficiently regular supply of fresh eels to maintain a processing operation and consequently the eels are sold only to wholesalers. The poor catch results from inadequate stocks rather than from inefficient methods of capture. This leaflet gives a description of the eel fishery and its progress in recent years and explains how the stocks can be increased for the future. The special attraction of the proposal is that it offers a means of making a tenfold increase in the yield of one of the most highly priced species of fish without posing any threat to the ultimate survival of the species. The method to be used is the transfer to good feeding grounds of elvers which would otherwise die within months of arrival on our coasts.
ISSN: 0332-1789
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