Kenny encourages Fishermen to be vigilant after discovery of Asian Clam in the Shannon
Speaking after it emerged that an invasive species of Asian clam had been discovered in part of the River Shannon near Lanesborough on Thursday, Sinn Féin candidate for the Leitrim/ Roscommon by election, Martin Kenny said:
“Firstly I would like to commend Inland Fisheries Ireland for their swift response to the discovery of the Asian clam in closing the section of the river in which the clam has been discovered.
“This clam, having been identified as one of the most notorious aquatic species in the world, presents a significant threat and fishermen must be vigilant in ensuring that it does not spread through the use of equipment such as boats, rods, clothing and nets.
“I am aware that this clam has already invaded the River Barrow in Carlow where it has caused significant damage.
“I am calling on the Inland Fisheries Ireland to provide a consultation service to local fishermen and others who regularly use the River Shannon for tourist or angling activities in order to inform them of the preventative measures that they must take to prevent the spread of the species.”