Ireland: Marine Minister launches fisheries book Published: 31 May, 2006
IRELANDS Marine Minister, John Browne T.D., launched a book by Dr. Martin OGrady of the Central Fisheries Board in the National Gallery of Ireland last night. The book entitled Channels & Challenges is an examination of the work done on the improvement and management of Inland Fisheries over the past years. Speaking at the launch Minister Browne praised Dr OGradys work saying; While the publication is, I understand, mainly intended for use as a training manual and so is aimed principally at professional people engaged in river restoration and enhancement it is very well produced and very comprehensible to the lay person. I am sure that it will be of great interest to all those people concerned with the future of our salmon resource and indeed the protection of our environment. Many fishery enhancement programmes were undertaken nationwide in both public and public/ private partnerships over the course of the National Development Plan. The Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources along with the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards played pivotal roles in these schemes and I am pleased to see that this book provides examples of just how successful individual programmes were, and, in doing so, demonstrates how the benefits of future investment can be maximised in this area, he continued. The Central Fisheries Board deserves credit for enabling Dr. OGrady and his team to record their work and reproduce this manual. I know that this book reflects the good health of the States fisheries service and hope that this publication will be the first of many, concluded Minister Browne.
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