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Atlas of freshwater fish in Irish Lakes

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:40 pm    Post subject: Atlas of freshwater fish in Irish Lakes Reply with quote

Inland Fisheries Ireland have just produced an "atlas of freshwater fish in Irish lakes". All lakes are listed along with the fish species in each. I had a quick look and found a few surprises. There are no carp in Ballinafid lake and no pike in Lough Lene. This must come as a major surprise to the carp anglers who are on Ballinafid every day. I was surprised to see that there are only pike and perch in Avaghon. I would have thought that there would be roach and bream there. I dont mean to be negative. The info will be helpful to anglers.
If you look at the pike section you will see that the have the Gaelic name of pike as gailliasc which I understand translates as strange or foreign fish. In the mid 90s when there was much discussion with the Central Fisheries Board on the origins of pike in Ireland. The held that pike were introduced to Ireland while we held that there records of pike in Ireland around 1200s. They held that the name gailliasc proved that they were introduced. The Irish name for pike is lius and there are records of our friend lius being in Irelad as far back as the 13th century.
http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Projects/atlas-of-freshwater-fish-in-irish-lakes.html
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