• Interesting recaptures of tagged salmon in 1973

      Went, A E J (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1973)
      In a recent paper (Went, 1973) I gave details of movements of salmon to and from Irish waters based on returns from foreign centres of fish tagged in Ireland and of foreign tagged fish recaptured in Irish waters, This note gives details of the recaptures made in 1973 on similar lines.
    • Interesting recaptures of tagged salmon in 1974

      Went, A E J (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1975)
      In a previous issue in the Fishery Leaflet series (No 58, 1973) I gave a list of interesting recaptures of tagged salmon in Irish waters in the year 1973. In this Leaflet I propose to give details of similar fish in 1974 and of some tags recovered in earlier years but not reported until 1974.
    • List of some historical papers etc. on Irish fish, fishing and fisheries 1940-1974

      Went, A E J (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1978)
      Since 1940 I have had a keen interest in the history of fish, fishing and fisheries in Ireland and in my capacity as an inspector of fisheries I had an unrivalled opportunity, in my travels around the country, to acquire information on fishing methods, which were becoming, or even had became obsolete. For example, when I was preparing my second paper on the Galway Fishery (No. 6 on list below) I made inquiries at the National Museum, Dublin as to what Irish fishing spears were preserved in that museum. I was surprised to learn that very little material of this kind was available, although I knew that “hoards” of salmon spears, seized by the Boards of Fishery Conservators, were kept in various parts of Ireland. Fortunately I was able to have these, and other spears, mainly for eels, collected up and deposited in the National Museum, which can now claim to have a good representative collection of Irish traditional fishing spears for salmon and eels. My paper on Irish fishing spears (No. 29 on list below) resulted from the collection of the fishing spears referred to above. Articles in newspapers and other popular journals have generally been omitted from the list below, because they were usually based on information given in contributions to the journals etc. of learned and other societies. This list also does not include details of papers on the scientific aspects of Irish fisheries, details of which have already been published in Fishery Leaflet No. 25.
    • Mariculture in Ireland. Policies and Problems.

      Went, A E J (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1975)
      Mariculture in Ireland up to 1974 was restricted to the flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) and mussel (Mytilus edulis) but since that year rearing of the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in the sea and of some other species has been undertaken on an experimental basis. Because the fisheries in tidal waters and in the sea are, with some exceptions, vested in the public, legal difficulties can arise in many areas. Some of these legal difficulties in the case of the flat oyster, mussel, cockle (Cardium edule) and periwinkle (Littorina littorea) can be resolved by actions under the Irish Fisheries Acts but with other species new legislation is required for certain forms of activity. Problems can also arise in connection with the supply of stock for rearing purposes. Stringent regulations are in force regarding the importation of aquatic animals generally with a view to barring those animals which may have an adverse effect on existing stocks of fish or may lead to the introduction of diseases and parasites not already in the country.
    • Science and Fisheries Management

      Went, A E J (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1977)
      The W.J.N. Menzies Memorial Lecture delivered at the Annual Course of the Institute of Fisheries Management at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, on 16 September, 1975.
    • Sea trout of the River Argideen

      Went, A E J (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1973)
      A small collection of material consisting of scales and relevant information collected in 1964/5 from sea trout of the Argideen Rive in County Cork was examined and the results compared with those obtained in the years 1954/5.
    • Supplement to List of Irish Fishes

      Went, A E J (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Fisheries Division), 1973)
      In 1969 Dr, M, Kennedy of the Inland Fisheries Trust Inc, and I compiled a List of Irish fishes, which was published by the National Museum, Dublin. This List gave details of the authentic captures of fishes in Irish waters of less than 100 fathoms up to 1968. Since that time three annual lists of rare or interesting fishes from Irish waters have been published in the Irish Naturalist’s Journal (Went, 1970, 1971 and 1972). Details of the fish taken in 1972 will eventually be recorded in an annual list in The Irish Naturalist's Journal. In addition Dunne (1972) has given a list of fishes taken in Galway Bay and adjacent areas. These further captures of interesting species arc summarised in this Leaflet. The order of the species described is that given in the List to which reference should be made for details of captures prior to 1969. Unless stated otherwise all the fish in question were taken in trawls.
    • The Zoogeography of Some Fishes in Irish Waters

      Went, A E J (Department of Fisheries (Trade and Information Section), 1978)
      Some thirty years ago the then Fisheries Branch of the Department of Agriculture decided to give rewards for specimens of rare or interesting species of fish sent for examination. This, coupled with the enlightened attitude of Irish fishermen to their catches in recent years, has provided valuable information about the rarer species of fishes found in Irish waters. Even so information is still lacking on many species because normal fishing methods are not really geared to their capture. This is so with many of the smaller members of the fish fauna, and, particularly, those which live in rocky areas where normal fishing is not practised. The advent of skin-diving, however, is likely to improve knowledge of many such species, so that in the near future it may be necessary to revise drastically current views as to the abundance and distribution of many such species of fishes known to frequent Irish waters.