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Igoe F.,Irish Char Conservation Group | Ruane N.M.,University College Cork
Biology and Environment | Year: 2012

The most common technique used to survey Arctic char, Salvelinus alpinus (L.), in Ireland is gill netting, which is a lethal method of sampling. This paper reports on the use of snorkelling as a potential alternative, non-destructive technique for monitoring the recruitment of Arctic char in Ireland. Snorkelling allows for the positive identifi cation of spawning beds in littoral areas, their characterisation, visual assessment of their ecological condition and monitoring throughout the incubation period. Data are reported from Coomasaharn Lough in County Kerry. © Royal Irish Academy. Source


Ruane N.M.,Marine Institute of Ireland | Davenport J.,University College Cork | Igoe F.,Irish Char Conservation Group
Biology and Environment | Year: 2012

The most common technique used to survey Arctic char Salvelinus alpinus (L.) in Ireland is gill netting, which is a lethal method of sampling. This article reports on the suitability of fyke nets as a non-destructive method to trap mature Arctic char Salvelinus alpinus (L.) close to their spawning beds based on work carried out in the southwest of Ireland. © Royal Irish Academy. Source


Igoe F.,Irish Char Conservation Group | Neylon S.,Irish Char Conservation Group | Kelly M.,Irish Char Conservation Group
Hydrobiologia | Year: 2010

This article reports on the work of the Irish Char Conservation Group, a voluntary Non-Government Organisation set up in 2000 to promote the conservation of Arctic char Salvelinus alpinus in Ireland. The basic terms of reference of the group, its operations and achievements are outlined. Since 2001, the Irish Char Conservation Group has surveyed 47% of known Arctic char loughs in Ireland, updating records and recording previously undiscovered populations (n = 8). Research in partnership with other agencies is ongoing, providing information necessary for informed management decisions concerning the species. The group interfaces with the relevant statutory bodies in Ireland on a number of levels and endeavours to be as proactive as possible in facilitating research by collecting material and archiving samples for scientific research. The group interfaces with the public through a range of media in an effort to promote understanding amongst the general public of issues affecting Arctic char and its importance from biodiversity and heritage perspectives. In some instances, specific targeted campaigns have been carried out in an effort to address issues affecting Arctic char in particular loughs. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. Source

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