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Press Release 8th December 2006

Mayor of South Dublin Assists the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board to Stock the Dodder, Camac and Tolka Rivers

The Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Mr. Eamonn Maloney recently lend his support to the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board and local angling clubs in stocking the Dodder, Camac and Tolka rivers with juvenile brown trout.

Stocking the Camac River
Des Chew, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board stocking the River Camac with juvenile brown trout

The 7,500 fish in total were provided by the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board and a series of stockings took place on the day. The River Dodder was stocked at locations from Tallaght all the way to Clonskeagh with 2,300 juvenile trout. Tony Butler of Dodder Anglers’ Club was on hand to assist and advise on the stocking. The River Camac was was stocked with 1,200 fish and the River Tolka with 4,000.

Stocking the River Dodder
Des Chew, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board stocking the River Dodder with juvenile brown trout

These stocks of juvenile fish will be of great benefit to these popular rivers and will provide sport to the many young anglers that regularly fish the stretches along the Dodder, Camac and Tolka. It is important to note that at present, no fishing is permitted on these rivers as it is closed season for trout fishing. Open season is March 17th until the 30th September. These young fish will also need about two years to grow but they will help to enhance current fish stocks and provide fishing for future young anglers. Many Dublin anglers had their first fishing experience on the River Dodder. This trend seems to be continuing as the Dodder Anglers’ Club currently has 500 youth members and membership is increasing all the time. The Tolka River Environmental Alliance, a local group that was set up in 2005 to encourage teenagers to take an interest in angling and their local environment, currently has 300 youth members.

The Mayor of South Dublin participated in the Dodder stocking in Tallaght: ‘I am delighted to see this river being stocked with juvenile fish. Angling is a recreational sport that appeals to young people and can teach them patience and an understanding of their local environment. It is important to support the development of this amenity to ensure future generations can enjoy fishing as a hobby in the Tallaght area’

Stocking a river
Pictured on the bank of the Dodder preparing to stock the river with juvenile trout are from left to right: Des Chew, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board and Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Eamonn Maloney.

This stocking programme was managed by Fisheries Staff: Jim O’Brien, Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Fionnuala McCabe, Fisheries Officer, Robert Dully, Fisheries Officer, Des Chew, Dublin Angling Initiative and Fergal Caffrey, Assistant Fisheries Inspector. In addition to the stocking work in this area, The Board recently carried out enhancement works on the Tolka and the Camac rivers. Gravel beds were developed in the Tolka to increase spawning capacity in the catchment and new weirs were also built on both rivers to create good holding pools for trout.

For further information on the work carried out by the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, please explore this site.


Media enquiries:

Marketing Angling Co-ordinator, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, 087 2746127

Notes to Editor:

The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board is a statutory authority whose function is to conserve, develop, protect, manage and promote the inland fisheries and sea angling resources within its jurisdiction. The Region extends from the border in Northern Ireland to South of the Wexford coast and includes all catchments which enter the sea between these boundaries.

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