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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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and fish parasites or diseases are readily transferred from one water body to another on diving gear, boats and protective clothing. These can be very damaging to resident fish stocks, the aquatic habitat and the general environment. In order to ensure that invasive species and fish diseases are not inadvertently transferred [...]

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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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