Undiscovered population of rare fish is found in Kerry Lake

A previously undiscovered population of the rare Arctic Char has turned up in a Kerry lake. The red bellied fish was found 15 metres deep in Lough Namona near Waterville. The Char are thought to represent an old line close to the early ancestors of the Arctic Char that colonised Ireland when the ice began to melt 18 thousand years ago. Scientific adviser to the Irish Char Conservation Group Dr Fran Igoe says the discovery is a boost given that recently there have been many reports of extinctions.