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#shannon – The winter mooring period on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon-Erne ends on Sun 31 Mar 2013 thereafter Navigation Bye-law No. 17(3) applies. Vessels should not berth in the same harbour for longer than the statutory period of five consecutive days nor more than a total of 7 days in any one month.

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#InlandWaterways - Reports indicate that as many as 500 freshwater fish of various species have been found dead in the River Dodder in Tallaght, south Dublin.

The fish kill was discovered on Friday evening upstream of the Old Bawn bridge, and according to the Irish Independent, Inland Fisheries Ireland says samples have been taken from the scene - and that a possible source has been identified.

However, the fisheries body refused to comment on speculation that the fish kill was a result of discharge from industrial waste or illegal dumping.

The fish kill covers a 600-metre stretch of the river in the south Dublin suburb.

Speaking to The Irish Times, Redmond O’Hanlon of the Dodder Anglers Group said it is the worst fish kill he has witnessed "in 30 years".

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#InlandWaterways - Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that the closure of the Grand Canal from the Kilbeggan Bridge to Cox's Bridge in Tullamore has been extended from 4 March until 15 March 2013.

There will restricted navigation from the 26th Lock to the Kilbeggan Bridge due to reduced water levels of between 300mm and 400mm in this section of the canal.

The closure will facilitate Tullamore Town Council’s construction of three footbridges and a new board walk in the Tullamore area.

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#InlandWaterways - Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters of vessels on the Shannon Erne Waterway that the inspection of lock chambers and weirs is presently underway and will be completed on Friday 1 March.

Masters approaching locks should be prepared to stop short and await instructions from the dive safety officer before proceeding.

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#drogheda – Up to 20 boats will visit the town on Saturday the 13th of April and along with the Drogheda Port pilot boats, the Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat and the River Rescue Boats the flotilla will arrive and berth at the Mall close to the De Lacey Bridge in Drogheda Town centre for high tide at 12.45 p.m.

The Inland Waterways Association (IWAI) will make its inaugural visit to Drogheda Port and Town with a large number of rigid inflatable boats coming from as far away as Sligo, Lough Derg, Lough Ree, Lough Eme, Wexford, Dublin and a humber of local boats will also be taking part in the event.

Carmel Meegan, Vice President of Inland Waterways Association of Ireland said "This is a milestone occasion for IWAI and a first for Drogheda Port and Town to have so many visiting leisure boats on a single occasion.

The Powerboat Branch have travelled extensively on the inland waterways and in the past two years have extended their trips to coastal areas around Ireland. Drogheda has been selected as our chosen coastal venue for 2013.

Drogheda the largest town in Ireland, geographically it is ideally located in the North East for visiting pleasure craft. It is within range for visiting craft from the UK, Isle of Mann, Northern Ireland, Carlingford and Dublin based boats.

There is potential to promote the Boyne Valley Area from this angle and we would be delighted to see the people of Drogheda come out and lend their support this event."

Mr Denis Moynihan, Chairman of Drogheda Port Company and the Mayor Mr Paul Bell will welcome the association to the Port and a reception will be jointly hosted with the Drogheda Borough Council in the D hotel.

There is an interesting itinerary of events planned which will include visiting the centre of Drogheda and travelling to the Sea lock at Oldbridge to see progress on the IWAI Boyne Navigation Branch Project and a tour of the Battle of the Boyne Site.

Mr Denis Mr Denis Moynihan, Chairman of Drogheda Port Company said "This is a fantastic boost to tourism in the local area and our hope is that this will grow and become a regular event with the IWAI and that visiting boats from the UK and further afield can be attracted. It is quite important that the appropriate infrastructure is developed to encourage this type of maritime tourism"

Mr Paul Bell, Mayor of Drogheda attending the launch of the IAWA inaugural visit to Drogheda said "It is very encouraging to see the growing tourism potential through the River Boyne and its ability to attract tourists to the town and surroundingarca. The Boyne Valley region is naturally steeped in history and quite rightly, there is a growing recognition of its ability to generate economic growth. As Mayor of Drogheda,I am extremely committed to working alongside the Port and other groups in this very exciting maritime year for the locality."

The Powerboat Branch of the IWAI continues to develop a programme to explore waters outside of the normal cruising grounds. This gives opportunities to day-boaters and power-boaters to discover new areas of water that they would not normally visit. This brought a whole new outlook to the association OWAD.


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#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland has recently added two new guides to its list of resources for anglers fishing in Ireland.

The West of Ireland Sea Angling Guide covers the region from Westport, in Clew Bay, south to the rocky headlands of North Clare, including Galway Bay, Connemara, Killary, Louisburgh, Clew Bay, and the offshore islands of Inisbofin, Inisturk and the Aran Islands.

The guide is in no way comprehensive, and the list of marks and venues is just a sample of what is available across the region's waterways. There are literally hundreds of shore marks in the region that have rarely, if ever, been fished, but the potential waiting to be explored is immense. Getting off the beaten path and trying a new mark may produce the fish of a lifetime.

In addition, the County Sligo Game Angling Guide covers the main game angling waters in the district. It contains information on the location of each fishery as well as details in relation to contacts, permitted angling methods, angling seasons, etc.

Meanwhile, IFI has received numerous submissions from individual anglers, angling organisations and angling tourist providers regarding restrictions on the use of prawn/shrimp as a salmon angling bait on the River Suir for the 2013 season.

IFI is interested to hear the views of other angling stakeholders or from those who wish to make further submissions.

Submissions can be made to IFI Clonmel by email at [email protected] or by post to Inland Fisheries Ireland, Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 28 February 2013.

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#Angling - The fight to stop the spread of invasive aquatic species in Ireland took to the frontline at the weekend with the launch by Minister Fergus O'Dowd of an Individual Angler Disinfection Kit – the first of its type in the world.

The kits are produced by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and funded by the CIRB (Controlling Invasives, Restoring Biodersity) INTERREG IVA Project, and were launched at the Ireland Angling Show 2013 on Sunday 17 February.

The kit is available in a durable and convenient kit bag and comprises 20 Virkon Aquatic (50g) tablets; a 500ml plastic trigger spray bottle; disposable gloves; a stiff bristle brush for cleaning boots, etc; a practical instruction manual; invasive species identification cards on a handy key ring; a metal ‘Stop the spread of invasive species’ badge; and an array of useful and relevant invasive species literature.

Now available from IFI, the kit will cover disinfection for up to 20 angling trips, and will help ensure that invasive species are not spread by unsuspecting anglers as they move from one watercourse to another.

In recent years, IFI says it has worked closely with anglers’ federations, clubs and other grouping to ensure that they are aware of the risks posed by aquatic invasive species and of actions that they can take to minimise the risk of introducing or spreading these aggressive and potentially harmful species. Invasive species include aquatic plants, animals (insects and fish) and microscopic pathogens.

The minister said: “Disinfection facilities have been developed by IFI to cater for large groups of anglers attending organised competitions and these have been well received. However, there are many anglers who do not fish competitions and who like to seek the solace of a quite water body where they can test their skills against the resident fish or simply watch a float as it bobbles in the water.

“We want to raise awareness among these anglers and help them in the same way as competition anglers to guard against the introduction or spread of invasive species or harmful pathogens."

Logistically it is impossible to provide disinfection facilities at every watercourse in the country to cater for all of Ireland's anglers, so a different approach was required. IFI says it recognised the long-standing responsibility taken on by anglers to protect and not adversely impact the aquatic habitat or water quality, so it is providing anglers with a portable kit to make disinfection more efficient and cost-effective.

At the show, Minister O'Dowd demonstrated the kit with the assistance of Dr Joe Caffrey of IFI to show how individual disinfection of angler’s equipment and clothing is relatively simple and can prevent highly damaging invasive species such as Asian clam and zebra mussel, and fish pathogens like the salmon fluke Gyrodactylus from being transferred into un-infested water bodies.

The minister commented: "As I meet more and more anglers around the country I am struck by your enthusiasm, knowledge, expertise and environmental responsibility. As a budding angler myself I look forward to using this kit and I know that you will embrace this initiative to ensure that fishing as we know it now can continue and improve under our watch, safe from the introduction of hazardous invasive pathogens, plants and animals."

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#InlandWaterways - Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels and boats on the Shannon Navigation that Sarsfield’s Lock in Limerick will be operated on restricted service from Thursday 28 February to Saturday 9 March 2013.

During this time the lock will only operate from 10am to 12.30pm daily.

Masters and owners are requested to ring the lockkeeper at 087 797 2998 one day prior to making their passage.

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#InlandWaterways - Waterways Ireland advises all masters of inland vessels and the public that the Emergency Services will conduct a major water-based exercise centred on Upper Lough Erne and the Shannon-Erne Waterway next Saturday 16 February 2013.

The areas of Geaglum, Derryadd, Kilmore, Corradillar and Naan Island in Upper Lough Erne will all be affected between the hours of 10am and 10pm, while Ballyconnell on the Shannon-Erne Waterway will be affected between 2pm and 6pm.

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#waterways – Waterways Ireland is hosting a series of site visits on the 27th February 2013 on Ireland's navigable waterways as part of Engineers Week 2013. Two site visits are on offer to primary pupils to visit the Royal Canal in Mullingar.

On the site visit to the Royal Canal, Waterways Ireland engineering staff will lead tours of Mullingar Harbour giving information about the canal and its history and present use. Students will also have an opportunity to view a dry dock. Led by the Senior Engineer, her team will also be in attendance to explain the background to the reopening of the canal and the impact the works have made.

Engineers Week is a week long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. It is an ideal opportunity to highlight the range of work undertaken by the engineering staff of Waterways Ireland. Waterways Ireland employs civil and mechanical engineers and technicians on a range of projects on all seven navigations managed by the organisation. Projects include navigation operation, maintenance and development, structural design, project management, fleet management, development and maintenance of electro-hydraulically operated lock gates and accompanying smart card system and many more.

The trips start at 10am and 1pm on Wednesday 27th February and running for 1hrs, the trip is primarily suitable for national school pupils. Booking is essential and is on a first come, first served basis. To find out more information and book places on any of the site visits offered by Waterways Ireland, contact Katrina Mc Girr on +353 (0)71 96 50560. A maximum of 30 pupils can be accommodated.

A site visit to the Shannon-Erne Waterway is also planned for the 27th February.

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