Call for managed seal cull in River Laune to stop demise of angling

There’s a call for a managed seal cull in Kerry’s River Laune to stop the demise of angling in the river.

The watercourse, which flows from Lough Leane into Castlemaine Harbour, has traditionally been a spawning ground for salmon.a

The Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers’ Association brought a deputation to the recent meeting of the South and West Kerry Municipal District, saying the reduction in salmon numbers in the river has led to fewer anglers travelling to the area.
The Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers’ Association say there aren’t enough salmon for anglers in the River Laune anymore between commercial catching and the increased seal population feeding on the salmon, especially during spawning season.

They say the association’s total catch for 2015 by its 160 members was 110 salmon; that’s 0.64 per member.

Association Secretary Billy Downes says visiting anglers aren’t returning to the area because there aren’t enough salmon to be caught in the river.

He’s calling for a managed seal cull by the National Parks and Wildlife Service or Inland Fisheries Ireland.