Russian hatchery pinks are showing up in Irish rivers.
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the state agency responsible for the protection and conservation of freshwater fish and habitats, has today issued an alert, asking the angling community and general public to report any sightings of Pacific pink salmon.
Also known as ‘humpback’ salmon, pink salmon were very rare in Irish waters until 2017 and are believed to have originated from stocking programs in Russia. Scientists at Inland Fisheries Ireland are concerned that if there are large numbers of non-native species in Irish rivers, this may have negative impacts on Ireland’s salmon and trout populations in the future.
LINK (via: Fisheries Ireland)