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Fisheries Surveys

Fisheries Surveys: In relation fisheries surveys, we have a long established reputation for excellence. We provide a range of Fisheries Surveys and Fisheries Science and Management Services. We have been extensively involved in fisheries work undertaking literally hundreds of assignments in rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters together with artificial water bodies such as canals and reservoirs.

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ECOFACT fisheries scientists also have considerable experience of conducting offshore fishery assessments for ecological monitoring and impact assessments. Our expertise ranges from routine and specific surveys using electrical fishing and a wide range of netting techniques, covering migratory (e.g. salmonids, lampreys and eels), coarse and marine species, to the development of monitoring techniques for a number of rare species of conservation importance.

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Our specialist fisheries surveys services include:

  • Fisheries Habitat Appraisals
  • Fish Stock Assessments and fisheries surveys (including electrofishing and netting surveys)
  • Surveys of Annex II Listed Species including salmon and lamprey species and additional protected fish species
  • Fish Counter Advice and Installation
  • Fish Pass Design
  • Recreational and Commercial Fisheries evaluations
  • Monitoring of Construction/Riparian Works for Impacts on Fisheries
  • Fish Kill Investigations
  • Fisheries Claims
  • Hatchery Management
  • Statistical Analysis of Fisheries Data
  • Habitat Creation and Enhancement of Freshwater Habitat for fisheries and protected aquatic species
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We have particular expertise in assessing the implications of proposed wind energy developments on the aquatic environment. We have undertaken numerous fisheries surveys on streams draining proposed wind farm sites in recent years, and prepared detailed mitigation measures to protect the fisheries resources of these streams. We are also experts in the provision of fisheries surveys and fisheries impact statements for proposed small hydro schemes. We also have over 15 years experience in providing fisheries surveys and aquatic ecology and fisheries impact assessments for national road schemes, both in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We have also undertaken major fisheries surveys of lakes and rivers affected by proposed water supply schemes.

Current News Stories:

  • Filming a documentary on Sea Lampreys

    We were delighted to work recently with BBC Earth on a documentary on Sea Lampreys Petromyzon marinus. The filming took place during early-June 2017 on the old River Shannon at Castleconnell, Co Limerick. This is part of the Lower River Shannon Special Area of Conservation, and Sea Lampreys are a key conservation interest of this […]

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  • Major new book – Wildlife and Wind Farms

    A major new book will be published in May 2017 entitled ‘Wildlife and Wind Farms: Conflicts and Solutions’. Volume 1 of this book includes a chapter prepared by Ecofact Principal Ecologist Dr. William O’Connor. The two-volume set provides a comprehensive overview of the interactions between wind farms and wildlife, each volume dedicated to one of the two […]

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  • Surveying wintering birds in the Irish Midlands

    Our staff are currently undertaking a number of wintering bird surveys in the Irish Midlands. Here we have provided some photos and videos from bird surveys we undertook during December 2015. Our bird surveys are undertaken to inform both the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) reports being prepared for proposed wind energy […]

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  • Marine and estuarine ecology surveys

    Marine and estuarine ecological surveys are a key service provided by ECOFACT. These surveys are undertaken for a number of purposes, including informing the Environmental Impact Assessments and Article 6 Appropriate Assessments of proposed developments affecting the marine / estuarine environment. These surveys are also to monitor the impact of industrial and municipal discharges and aquaculture […]

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  • Freshwater Pearl Mussel surveys

    The Freshwater Pearl Mussel Margaritifera margaritifera is a (freshwater) bivalve listed under Annex II and V of the EU Habitats Directive. It is legally protected in Ireland under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Act (1976 (Protection of Wild Animals) (Statutory Instrument No. 112, 1990) and the European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations (Statutory Instrument No. 94, 1997). Owing […]

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