This report follows in sequence from
the Annual Reports of the Salmon Research Agency of Ireland Inc. and The Salmon Research Trust of Ireland Inc. The Salmon Research Agency merged with the national Marine Institute on the 1st July 1999. The staff of the Agency were absorbed into the Aquaculture and Catchment Services Group of the Institute and the research facilities at Furnace have undergone a programme of upgrading and improvement. The core monitoring work of the Agency will continue but its unique experimental facilities, both in relation to aquaculture and wild fisheries, will be fully utilised within the context of the Institutes published Research, Technology, Development and Innovation Strategy. The merger has resulted in an increased national role for the work of the Agency and a consolidation of the trap and laboratory facilities at Newport.
This report represents a continuation of the Annual Reports published by the Salmon Research Agency of Ireland. The data presented creates a unique record of fish rearing and wild fish census data for the past 38 years. This data is an essential component in the local, regional and national management of salmon, sea trout and eel and is becoming ever more valuable in the light of increasing pressures on natural stocks, such as exploitation, habitat degradation and global climate change scenarios. The fish monitoring facilities in Newport, along with the reared and ranched salmon stocks held in Burrishoole, are also essential for the evaluation of novel enhancement techniques, alternative stocks and ranching and evaluation of interactions between farmed, ranched and wild strains.