Board Of Fisheries discuss prevention of Algal Bloom

Fisheries board members want to know what action is being taken to prevent further algal blooms in Lough lane in Killarney. It was one of a range of issues discussed at the final meeting of the board for 2004. The need for training and a greater awareness of safety issues was also raised at the meeting. The South West Regional Fisheries Board as well as providing a staff training course on fish disease said more extensive inspection procedures would have to be put in place.In relation to the algal blooms in Lough Lane, Munster Angling Representative Jerry Keating asked what action is the board taking regarding Kerry County Council’s treatment plant, the examination of existing septic tanks and talks with The Forestry Board. Chief Executive Aidan Barry was not in a position to answer, but said he would refer the concerns to Environmental Officer Patricia o Connor. Mr Barry also said in light of a recent safety meeting relating to staff safety and assault, they hope to heighten awareness and try to improve on the reporting of near misses.