Our research projects are providing valuable insights into the life histories of the iconic salmon and sea trout of the Waterville Catchments, providing baseline data for future monitoring of the health of our system and helping to monitor human influences on the health of our waters and so in turn assist in directing conservation efforts to areas most at risk.
We currently have three main research projects the small stream management monitoring, monitoring of the effects of the conservation rearing unit and a scale sampling program.
In the coming years we aim to expand the small streams management into new catchments and coastal streams, and begin wider community based projects in monitoring river health.
The Waters of the Iveragh Peninsula are vibrant with life and offer many opportunities for further research. Current university based projects include genetic studies of the Trout in the upper lakes and upland farming research, if you are a researcher or student working on any part of the catchments in Iveragh we would love to hear from you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SALMON SCALE SAMPLING PROGRAM IN THE CURRANE CATCHMENT
Our salmon scale sampling program, now in its third year, is studying scale samples, taken by participating Ghillies, from rod caught fish in the Currane Catchment. It is helping us to develop a greater understanding of the current life history trends in the salmon population. The process of collecting scales does no damage to the fish and enables their swift release.
The data gathered allows for a general analysis to be performed when related to the recorded rod catch. We are hoping that this five year sampling program will give us a much better picture of the salmon stock dynamics in the Currane Catchment and enable us to better target our conservation efforts.