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Illustrated Talk – Dr. Phil McGinnity (UCC) – Tue 12 February @ 8pm

Following the success of the first talk in the February series of free illustrated talks, MulkearLIFE / Inland Fisheries Ireland is delighted to present details of the second talk which will take place on Tuesday 12th February 2013 @ 8pm.


Dr. Phil McGinnity, presenting at the AARC conference (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Dr. Phil McGinnity will be the guest speaker and his illustrated talk is entitled "The Atlantic Salmon of the River Shannon – An Historic and Genetic Overview". MulkearLIFE is thrilled that Dr. McGinnity is in the position to give this talk. He is Beaufort Principal Investigator with University College Cork’s Aquaculture & Fisheries Development Centre. His principal interests lie in the use of molecular biological techniques to resolve fundamental questions in fish ecology and evolutionary biology, specifically those processes that have a bearing on local adaptation (domestication selection, introgression of cultured and wild fish, disease, climate change, fishing). Other areas of interest include landscape genetics and fish stock assessment. Dr. McGinnity has over 23 years of experience in fisheries science and management of which over 18 been in research field.


The fascinating story of wild Atlantic Salmon in the Shannon (Image: Lette Molonley)

His talk will also outline new and extremely exciting research on the make-up of various salmon types found in the Shannon. This work formed part of the exciting international work programme of the Atlantic Aquatic Resource Conservation (AARC) project. The talk will present the fascinating story of how the various Atlantic Salmon ‘types’ in the Shannon have fared over the past 100 years.


What Atlantic Salmon ‘type’ is this? (Image: Eamon Pearce)

It will outline what role hatchery fish and Ardnacrusa has played in the story. It will include new information never before known on the genetic makeup of the various Atlantic Salmon ‘types’ found in the Shannon. This is fascinating work and is of significant importance in terms of the work of MulkearLIFE in the Lower Shannon SAC and the Mulkear catchment. It is also of national importance in terms of Atlantic Salmon conservation in general. Consequently, his talk should be of particular interest to anglers far and wide and anyone with a general interest in Irish biodiversity.


Thomond Bridge (Image: Country Life Picture Book of Ireland, 1954, Lk City Council)

Dr. McGinnity will also examine the history of salmon fisheries on the Shannon which should be of great interest to a great many people on the Estuary in counties Limerick, Clare and Kerry, in Limerick city itself and in Annacotty, Castleconnell and O’ Briensbridge.

The venue for all talks is the Inland Fisheries Ireland office, Ashbourne Business Park, Dock Road, Limerick. This is next to McMahons Hardware (city side). There is plenty of free parking at the front of the building at night. The talk will commence at 8.00pm sharp. Admission to all talks is free and all are welcome. Further information may be obtained from the project info@mulkearlife.com or from MulkearLIFE, Inland Fisheries Ireland (Limerick) on telephone number 061 300 238 / 087 062 5582

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Mulkear LIFE, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Ashbourne Business Park, Dock Road, Limerick, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)61 300 238   Email: limerick@fisheriesireland.ie