April 18, 2021

Gun fired by salmon poachers rumbled by fisheries officer on River Suir

Inland Fisheries Officers were fired upon after they came across poachers netting salmon in the River Suir on a stretch of the river that divides Waterford and Tipperary.

At least one shot was fired at the Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Fisheries Protection Officers after they respond to a report of illegal fishing in the upper tidal part of the river Suir, east of Carrick-on-Suir on Tuesday, July 28.

Nobody was injured during the incident and members of An Garda Síochána attended the scene. The incident is currently under investigation.

The Fisheries Protection Officers seized a boat, net and nine wild salmon in the aftermath of the incident.

Inland Fisheries Ireland Director David McInerney said: “The salmon caught by this illegal net were on the final leg of an arduous journey to reach their native spawning rivers. The fish were fresh in from the sea, having survived a journey from either the coastal waters off west Greenland or the Faroe Island, before being cruelly killed by an illegal net, a few miles from their final destination.

“It cannot be stressed enough that nobody should purchase wild salmon that does not carry either a green or white gill tag through the mouth and gill clearly displaying the name Inland Fisheries Ireland.

“I would like to highlight the dedication and courage demonstrated by the officers in tackling illegal fishing in the face of significant personal danger,” Mr McInerney added.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to contact Clonmel Garda Station on 052 617 7640.

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