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About Us
Sometimes in life there is an imperative to get off one's backside and do something positive!

In 'Stop Salmon Drift Nets Now' (SSDNN), we were part of a successful campaign for the removal of the mixed stock salmon netting from the end of 2006.

Since then, there are signs of increased numbers of salmon entering the Nore and Suir systems.

This gives the River Trust an incentive to begin the surveying, evaluation and repair of both river systems...not just for salmon but for all of the fish, invertebrates and plant life.

Our Mission
"The purpose of the Nore Suir River Trust is to support research, conservation and public education initiatives that will benefit the freshwater fish resources, associated fisheries and environment of the Nore and Suir Rivers, and to preserve for future generations a valuable part of Ireland's natural heritage."

Using all of the volunteers we can muster, and giving them the tools and the knowledge to partake, we will:
survey and evaluate the Nore and Suir river systems

identify the problems

initiate a program of rehabilitation
Thomastown River Cam
Thomastown Bridge River Cam
CLICK HERE, or on the image above, to access the new Nore River Live Webcam at Thomastown Bridge, funded by the Thomastown Anglers Association.

Fishing at Dysart
Fishing the Nore at Dysart, Thomastown, September 2007

Essential Reading!

10th December 2012 - Salmon Watch Ireland Proposed Galway Bay Deep Sea Salmon Farm

Click here to read about the in-depth objections to BIM's proposed Salmon Farm in Galway Bay...

This is a page devoted to a series of submissions, articles and web pages related to the campaign to halt the Salmon Farm. It will be constantly updated.

11th December 2012
Salmon Watch Ireland response to BIM plans for Salmon Farm in Galway Bay
Enclosed is a submission from Salmon Watch Ireland in respect of the Bord Iascaigh Mhara Environmental Impact Statement dated 15th October 2012 and associated documents supporting their application for aquaculture and foreshore licences for a salmon farm in Galway Bay...

Click here to read full submission...

30th December 2012
Submissions objecting to 'Foreshore & Aquaculture License Applications in Galway Bay T9/489 A & B.
Click here to go to Galway Bay Fish Farm page, and read submissions from:
1) Comhar Caomhán Teo
2) Cumann Iascairi Slait Arann agus na Gaillimhe,
3) Enda Conneely & Marie Conneely
4) Inis Oirr Inshore Fishermen
5) An Roiinn Talmhaíochta, Bia agus Mara

Latest news and publications: Click here...

21st January 2013 - from Salmon Watch Ireland
Galway Bay Fish Farm Protest March

Dear Supporter

Local groups in Galway and Aran Islands are organising a protest march in Galway on Saturday 2nd. March 2013. This will coincide with the Skipper Expo which is taking place in Salthill and is sponsored by BIM...
As you may know BIM are applying for a licence to install a giant salmon farm in Galway Bay which will hold up to 4 million salmon when fully operational. This is claimed to be the first of three giant salmon farms for the West coast of Ireland.

You can read submissions from Salmon Watch Ireland and others on www.salmon.ie against this application. We are greatly concerned that BIM wrote their own Environmental Impact Study (EIS), that this EIS has downplayed, ignored or misrepresented the impact of this salmon farm on our native wild salmon, that BIM are applying to their own Minister for the licence and that they believe that they do not need to complete a screening and appropriate assessment required under the Habitats Directive.

We fear for the future of wild salmon stocks if this project goes ahead. While Salmon Watch has been fighting against the negative effects of salmon farms for many years, particularly in EU, we need your feet on the street to press the message home to Government.

The march in Killarney in 2005 against drift-netting was a triumph for anglers and conservationists and you made the difference in that campaign.

This rally is supported by all of the National angling bodies, yet is not controlled by any of these organisations. We need you and your friends on the streets of Galway to protest against this project.

The rally will set out from Eyre Square, Galway at 12.00 noon. See you there.

Salmon Watch Ireland

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