Dr William Roche, Senior Research Officer at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: ‘We are urging anglers who fish for these species to participate in this online survey as it will help us get a more comprehensive view of these less common species in Irish waters. In this way we can contribute to providing better information to inform future policy and management of these species, and the economic, social and cultural activities associated with them.’
Future predictions suggest that some of these species will see northward and southward changes in distribution under climate change scenarios. This may increase or decrease their availability to recreational fishing and the economic benefits they bring to businesses in local areas, as well as the enjoyment and associated health and social benefits for fishers.
If you would like to participate in the study you can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DiadES_IRL. It has questions about your fish catching activities and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is very much appreciated as this study relies on your knowledge and experience as a ‘citizen scientist’ angler/fisher. In Ireland the DiadES case study area is the Suir, Nore, Barrow Rivers and the Waterford Harbour catchment but IFI is also seeking your survey information on the named fish species generally within Ireland.