Anglers with specimen claims for shad and cyprinids (roach, rudd and their hybrids), which require genetic analysis for positive identification, are asked to submit their claims to the Irish Specimen Fish Committee by SEPTEMBER 30.

The sophisticated genetic analysis involved, which is necessary for conservation and to enable high quality fish identification, takes a considerable amount of time and expertise. Therefore the submission date has been brought forward for both fish groups to ensure claims are processed in time for publication in the 2011 specimen fish report.