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Ní Chuilín visits salmon research station in Bushmills

6 July, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín today attended an open day at the River Bush Salmon Station.

The open day is an annual event which allows the public access to the salmon station to see the research work undertaken into the dynamics of the wild salmon population.

Speaking during her visit the Minister said: “Last year over 500 members of the public visited the River Bush Salmon Station. Visitors get an insight into the life cycle of a salmon and how the station records salmon migrations and cultures them on site.

“The Salmon Station carries out valuable work on the dynamics of, and influences on, the River Bush salmon population and data gathered here informs Departmental policy on salmon conservation. This also contributes to the assessment of salmon stocks at international level.”

In conclusion the Minister said: “My Department is proactive in working to rationally manage salmon stocks for the enjoyment and leisure of all in the north of Ireland. As well as home to a research facility, the River Bush is a firm favourite with anglers who appreciate the angling quality and stunning scenery that this part of the north of Ireland offers.”

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