Still plenty more fish in the sea? Not anymore | Irish Examiner

By | September 30, 2017

The salmon angling season closes in much of Ireland tomorrow so this is an opportune moment to take stock of the overall position of Atlantic salmon here.I am always reminded of a concept that Dr Daniel Pauly, a world-renowned fisheries biologist, who stated that every human generation uses the images that they got at the beginning of their conscious lives as a standard.They will extrapolate forward and the difference then is perceived as a loss but we do not perceive what happened before our time as a loss. This is largely where we are with Atlantic salmon.We are now trying to sustain a miserable leftover which bears little resemblance to historic abundance and if we are truthful does not even come close to our own memories of what salmon rivers were like in our own time.Comments like “the river is full of fish” must be viewed with a large degree of suspicion as our own perception of abundance is far from correct.

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