A SHARP decline in the number of salmon entering a well-known angling river could close it as a fishery in 2013.

Anglers on the Feale, which rises near Rockchapel, Co Cork, and flows through Abbeyfeale and Listowel, before entering the sea at Ballybunion, Co Kerry, are  concerned  the river may not reach its conservation limit (the number of salmon left to spawn) and will  be closed under EU habitat laws.

Only 1,208 salmon travelled upstream in the first six months of this year. An average of 665 salmon per month is needed for the remainder of the year if the conservation figure of 4,323 is to be reached……..

Irish Examiner, 01/10/12. Read the article. ‘Decline in salmon may close feale’