MUCKNO ANGLING RESOURCE COULD BE DEVASTATED BY INVASIVE SPECIES THREAT!

5 March 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The potetial threat posed to the rich angling tourism resource of Lough Muckno in Castleblayney by invasive invertebrate, fish and plant species was graphically outlined to Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council in a presentation made by Joe Caffrey and Dick Caplice of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

“To keep Lough Muckno invasive species free, it must be managed and used responsibly by all stakeholders,” Mr Caffrey stated.

Mr Caplice, who was praised by the councillors for the exceptional contribution he had made to the development of the Mid-Monaghan watersourse into the major international fishing magnet it has become in recent years, described Lough Muckno as a people’s resource that had to be protected.

He outlined measures being put in place to control the access boats enjoyed to the lake and to ensure that all anglers using the facility observed stringent disinfectant protocols.

Opening his presentation, Mr Caffrey said that invasive species posed a very significant threat to Irish waters. “You have something very special here in Co Monaghan and we have to preserve it,” he told ….

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