Fish In Hot Weather
While we’re all basking in the glorious sunshine of this incredible heat wave, do spare a thought for our wildlife and the impact which these soaring temperatures are currently having on them throughout the country.
We all know that it’s important to leave out some water for our feathered friends but what about our marine creatures, such as the fish in our lakes, canals and rivers – how are they faring right now?
Lower water levels and warmer temperatures can lead to fish kills. Water holds less oxygen as it warms up and hundreds of fish were suffocated by the increased algae.
Just yesterday in the newspapers, we saw a photograph of Aasleagh Falls on the Galway / Mayo border. This glorious waterfall was famously featured in the movie The Field, but it’s now been practically reduced to a stream!
From the banks of The Royal Canal near Leixlip in Co.Kildare, Terry Flanagan spoke with Dr. Greg Forde, Head of Research and Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland...
If you’d like to report fish in distress, Inland Fisheries Ireland has a 24 Hour Hotline on 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24.
They’ll continue to monitor water bodies for any signs of distressed fish in shallow water, but will be able to react more quickly to timely reports received.