To help with the identification of Japanese knotweed, New Zealand pigmyweed & the Curly-leaved waterweed, CAISIE have created short clips on the main identifying features of these species. Most people will have encountered Japanese knotweed on roadsides or river banks. New Zealand pigmyweed is an aquatic invasive plant, but can be seen growing in damp [...]

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Minister Fergus O’Dowd launched a smart phone app to help fight the war against aquatic invasive species and pathogens in Ireland at the famous Galway Weir yesterday,  along with a disinfection facility for salmon anglers at the Inland Fisheries Ireland fishery; and a handy and durable set of invasive species [...]

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CAISIE on July 17th, 2012

This is the third CAISIE (Control of Aquatic Invasive Species and Restoration of Natural Communities in Ireland) Project Bulletin. In this issue we have updates on aquatic invasive species (AIS) control and some related research from our two project areas, Lough Corrib and the Grand Canal & Barrow Navigation. In addition, we outline some of [...]

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The Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) is a most unwelcome recent addition to the fauna of Irish rivers and lakes. This bivalve mollusc is regarded as one of the most notorious aquatic invasive species in the world. The Asian clam was first recorded in Ireland in the River Barrow near St Mullin’s in April 2010.  Subsequent [...]

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CAISIE on June 8th, 2012

As part of Fisheries Awareness Week, IFI in association with the EU Life+ CAISIE project organised a ‘Balsam Bash’ in Clashganny to remove Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) from the banks of the River Barrow.  This event was reflected by others around the country in Dublin, Mayo and elsewhere. The events  gave local volunteers, such as [...]

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In April 2012 staff from IFI in association with the EU Life+ CAISIE project supervised trials using a cockle harvester to remove the invasive Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) from a section of the river Barrow below St. Mullins. The Asian clam, a native to southern and eastern Asia, Australia and Africa, was first [...]

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Himalyan balsam in bloom

16th June 2011
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) control operations were undertaken at a site near Carlow from the 7th to 10th June 2011. This invasive plant is currently spreading along the banks of the River Barrow (and many other Irish rivers). Impatiens glandulifera is a highly invasive annual weed, which has spread rapidly throughout the UK [...]

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Press Release March 16th, 2011.
Non–native aquatic invasive species are now an unwelcome feature in many sections of the Grand Canal and Barrow navigation. The abundant growth of some of the invasive plant species can fill the water channel and make conditions difficult for navigation, angling and other water-based pursuits. The aquatic weed control methods operated by [...]

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admin on March 14th, 2011

No. 21 of 2011
Continuation of Jute Matting Trials
Grand Canal and Barrow Navigation
Waterways Ireland wish to advise all masters and users of craft on
the Grand Canal and Barrow Navigation that a series of trials which commenced in November 2010 are to be continued into the 2011 boating season.
The trials involve the use of jute matting [...]

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This Action Plan has been developed in the context of the CAISIE Life+ Project Brief and
covers the Grand Canal and Barrow Navigation. CAISIE is the acronym for the ‘Control of
Aquatic Invasive Species and Restoration of Natural Communities in Ireland’ and the main
project objectives are to:

Control and possibly eradicate Aquatic Invasive Species
Consider the effects of [...]

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