Tuesday, 3 April 2001
Dáil Eireann Debate
110. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources his views on the extent of roach in Lough Corrib; if he has any evidence of roach being present in Lough Mask; his Department's work and proposals in regard to the spread of roach in general; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9763/01]
Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. Fahey): Responsibility for protection, management, conservation and development of fisheries in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask is a matter for the Western Regional Fisheries Board. The board advises me that a survey of Lough Corrib carried out in 1996 identified a substantial stock of roach in lower Lough Corrib and a moderate stock in upper Lough Corrib. There is no evidence to suggest that this has changed in recent years. In a similar survey carried out in Lough Mask in 1996 only one roach was found which was the first record of this species from the lake. A recent survey has indicated that the number of roach is on the increase.
The board advises me that currently there is no method of preventing the spread of this non native species within the lakes. The situation will be monitored on an ongoing basis and I have asked the board to keep it under close review. The transfer of live roach from any waters to any other waters is illegal and is prohibited under the  Live Roach Bye-law No. 561, 1973. Responsibility for the enforcement of this bye-law rests with the fisheries boards.
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