|Environmental monitoring for fish farms in Ireland|
Hensey, M.P. (1992). Environmental monitoring for fish farms in Ireland, in: De Pauw, N. et al. (Ed.) Aquaculture and the Environment: reviews of the International Conference Aquaculture Europe '91, Dublin, Ireland, June 10-12, 1991. EAS Special Publication, 16: pp. 145-154
In: De Pauw, N.; Joyce, J. (Ed.) (1992). Aquaculture and the Environment: reviews of the International Conference Aquaculture Europe '91, Dublin, Ireland, June 10-12, 1991. EAS Special Publication, 16. European Aquaculture Society: Gent, Belgium. ISBN 90-71625-10-9. 536 pp., more
In: EAS Special Publication. European Aquaculture Society, more
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With the introduction of the first large-scale salmon farm on the west coast of Ireland in 1984, environmental monitoring requirements were imposed by the Department of the Marine. A programme was set up to carry out sampling as a base-line prior to the introduction of fish and later for continuous monitoring at the site. As well as providing the required data for the Government, the monitoring gave the salmon farmers valuable information. Parameters measured included temperature, salinity, transparency, oxygen, ammonia, chlorophyll, phytoplankton counts, and nutrients. In 1986 other fish farms in the area started a monitoring programme and an independent company was set up to carry out sampling and analysis, for both marine and freshwater installations. In 1990, the Department of the Marine commissioned a study of the environmental data collected at the sea sites to date. Analysis of the data by an independent scientist from Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory in Scotland, has shown that no deterioration in water quality has occurred in four of the bays surveyed. Several recommendations for future sampling programmes were made in the report.