Edward McNamara angling to save Shannon salmon from extinction

first_imgBirdwatch Ireland Limerick and conservation of species Edward McNamara clearing the the river outside of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ along the Shannon riverbank.Photo: Cian ReinhardtEdward McNamara has been angling on the Shannon River for the past 60 years and still uses the hut from where he started his lifetime passion on the riverbank at Plassey.He has seen the river transform over the last half century and believes it has reached a critical point for the sustainability of salmon fishing in the area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We used to breed salmon in Plassey, but now it is unsustainable. They dammed off Plassey when they built the Ardnacrusha Power Station and the Parteen Weir. Now we have to use Birdhill, where they are breeding salmon and letting them off into the waters.“But when all the overflowing water comes down from the Parteen Weir and Ardnacrusha all the fish are washed away as it flows through Plassey,” he told the Limerick Post.“The Shannon is supposed to be the best river for salmon in Ireland but the ESB and Inland Fisheries Ireland are not treating it well. I want the fisheries managers to come out of their offices and look after the Shannon, the way they should.” Garda investigation launched into death of woman outside Limerick Print Advertisement The ESB are responsible for this section of the Shannon and have acknowledged the difficulty in sustaining salmon levels in the region.A spokesperson said: “Salmon spawning activity may be naturally compromised, also the flooding event of the past season represents a natural event, which is irrespective of the presence of ESB installations.”A spokesperson for Inland Fisheries Ireland said that they had an enforcement and conservation role in this area, ensuring that Wild Salmon stocks and other fish species are protected.“Inland Fisheries Ireland is ensuring the protection of the vulnerable wild salmon stock through conservation measures such as restricting salmon angling where they are below conservation limits, providing advice to anglers on methods of angling, providing an environmental remit on any planning developments on or near the river, water quality inspections and carrying out surveys to estimate the numbers of fish available in the catchments,” the spokesperson explained.However Mr McNamara said they still aren’t doing enough to save the Shannon salmon stocks. He also maintains that money collected from allowing foreign companies to use the river, competitions and license fees needs to be put back into river.“If this river is going to be kept the way it used to be, they need to come out of their offices, take off their coats and look after the river,” Mr McNamara said. Edward McNamara clearing the the river outside of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ along the Shannon riverbank. Photo: Cian Reinhardt Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick athlete James Quinlan rows on to double goldNext articleTen years of Bad Reputation Ireland Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emailcenter_img NewsEdward McNamara angling to save Shannon salmon from extinctionBy Staff Reporter – August 3, 2017 1849 Headrace: A cautionary tale from Theme Tune Boy Twitter Fisheries Officers wanted to protect and develop fisheries resource in Limerick Young Limerick anglers learn how to cast at free fishing event Linkedin TAGSanglingArdnacrushaconservationfishingPlasseysalmonShannon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Blocked river access is threatening Limerick’s fishing heritagelast_img read more

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Hawks feel the sting of back-to-backs with Clippers and Lakers

first_imgLOS ANGELES — For a coach whose team had been rocked by 49 points the night before, Lloyd Pierce sounded awfully excited for a turnaround of less than 24 hours back at Staples Center.One day after allowing 150 points by the Clippers and an hour-and-a-half before tip-off against the Western Conference-leading Lakers, Pierce suggested the Hawks might have motivation to turn around their effort.“With the way we played last night, with the performance we had last night, I’m more excited about getting back on the court tonight, regardless of who the opponent is. Just, that’s a bad taste you leave with after last night and so the best remedy for it is to get back on the court and test your perseverance and your resiliency and see if we can bounce back.”It didn’t take long before Pierce was probably second-guessing that optimism. The Lakers led by 17-2 in the first quarter and by as much as 28 in the first half. And it’s going to be a challenge for a host of teams making quick swings through L.A. to face both of Southern California’s superpowers — Oklahoma will get the business Monday against the Clippers, then Tuesday against the Lakers. “Back-to-back on the road is tough regardless of who it is,” he said. “Obviously you got two special teams with a lot of special talent in both of the L.A. teams so it makes it extremely difficult.”Pierce reflects on time with Kuzma, JamesOf the decorated USA Basketball coaching staff, Lloyd Pierce was one of the lower profile names working alongside Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr. But he worked with a number of young players on the USA roster, including Kyle Kuzma.Like Popovich, Pierce came away with positive impressions.“I love that kid,” he said. “I think he, out of all the guys that were with the Team USA from start to finish, I thought that he was the guy that really bought in to how we were going to use him. We were going to use him as a small ball five, we were going to use him as a four. But I thought his energy, his athleticism on both ends of the floor, it was something that he bought into as a role.”Pierce got his NBA start in Cleveland, working three years as a player development coordinator with the Cavaliers during LeBron James’ stint there. Pierce said summer sessions in Akron with James taught him about the standard for offseason work ethic, and he relishes getting to play James in the NBA.The Hawks beat the Lakers in Atlanta in February before the All-Star break, a critical loss at the time as the Lakers floundered in the rest of the season. Pierce said he sees a different energy from watching film of James this season.“When you watch the film, you can feel the energy,” he said. “There’s a renewed energy here in L.A. with their roster, and everyone’s bought into their roles, and he’s motivated. So I just think what we saw last year and what we’re seeing now are two different mindsets from the entire roster.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe back-to-back L.A. swing is starting to look like a big advantage for both home teams, forcing visitors to deal with two good teams on a short turnaround. Frank Vogel, however, who coached in the Eastern Conference in Indiana and Orlando before moving out west, disagreed.“I think it’s advantage anytime you can remove a flight, so these teams that are coming to the building are benefitting from the new travel schedule,” he said. “It may be hurting the Lakers and the Clippers a little bit.”Tell that to the Hawks.But the benefit may be more in the long run: The Lakers themselves are doing a Knicks-Nets back-to-back in January when they visit New York, getting out of making two more cross-country flights during a long, grinding travel schedule. The Lakers are flying an estimated 10,000 fewer miles this season than last, which could help reduce other kinds of fatigue.In the short term, Pierce acknowledged, it can feel like quite the uphill battle.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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