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23/07/2021

Shocking! Were fish in Offaly killed in bizarre and illegal way?

Shocking! Were fish in Offaly killed in bizarre way?

Shocking! Were fish in Offaly killed in bizarre way? FILE PIC

It was claimed during a zoom meeting held in Birr recently that a couple of years ago some fish were killed in the town by the illegal method of electrodes.

One of the attendees at the Birr 20/20 Camcor River Study zoom meeting claimed that fish poaching in the river, in Birr and environs, is a considerable problem. He suggested installing CCTV cameras to tackle the problem. He also claimed that a couple of years ago one poacher placed electrodes in a section of the river where some fish were resting and killed them.

“They were an easy, sitting target.”

Electrofishing is a common scientific survey method but in some jurisdictions it is illegal to use it as a form of recreational fishing. In Ireland the only legal method to catch freshwater fish is by rod and line.

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