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Old 10-24-2001, 10:00 AM
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Stocking is an issue here in Ireland too. A lot of fisheries are based on their reputation as a wild trout water. Obviously this is incompatible with stocking - but often times angling clubs feel the need to augment the fish stock by adding to it rather than simply not taking from it...

Salmon stocking also occurs especially on rivers which have had their salmon runs decimated by hydroelectric stations. Hatchery fish don't survive like wild fish... A worrying thought when you consider some do make it up river to spawn, sharing dodgey genes with their native cousins...

In my view the issue is not the angling pluses or minuses, but the potential damage it could do to wild fish. Though certainly there is a case for stocking as has been outlined by Domenic, Juro and John above. All things in moderation...

The Irish Char Conservation Group recently held a conference in Ireland where many noted fisheries experts spoke. Prof Andy Fergusson spoke on brown trout in Ireland. Amongst other things he stated:
"The 3 main threats to brown trout in Ireland today:

1. Habitat loss ľas with other species
2. Introduction of other species leading to inter-specific competition
3. Stocking of non-native brown trout species

Ireland has a unique diversity of brown trout, which should be given a high priority conservation status by both fisheries and heritage managers... "
for the full report: http://www.charr.org/news/IFM.htm#af

I also include the following link to the articles we have on Irish brown trout:
http://www.charr.org/species/croneen.htm

I hope you enjoy what you read!

Myles
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