The sturgeon – Ireland’s lost ‘dinosaur fish’

Sat May 27, 2023 12:37 pm

The sturgeon – Ireland’s lost ‘dinosaur fish’ - should be reintroduced to Irish waters, say conservation groups
Government has been asked to study feasibility of reintroducing long-lost migratory fish that would benefit other species in Irish seas and rivers
The Government should consider reintroducing sturgeon, the long-lost “dinosaur fish” that once swam in Irish seas and rivers, conservation groups have said.

As part of an international campaign, the groups called on the Government to examine the feasibility of reintroducing the enigmatic fish that can grow to more than 2 metres long.

Sometimes called “dinosaur fish” as they have been swimming in rivers and seas since the Jurassic Period, sturgeon were once common in waters around our coast.

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Re: The sturgeon – Ireland’s lost ‘dinosaur fish’

Sat Jun 03, 2023 7:32 pm

A dying sturgeon was found near the Ferryhouse Wall downstream of Clonmel on the Suir. 56 lbs!

"The IFI have confirmed that a sturgeon was observed dying on the bottom of the river at Thomas Bridge in Clonmel. The dying fish was removed by anglers and is now in a freezer in the IFI depot awaiting genetic sampling. The last confirmed capture of a genuine wild native sturgeon in Ireland was on the river Suir in the early 1950s. There has also been an unconfirmed one reported in the 1980s. IFI stated that the Gill plate looks a bit short and have speculated it could be farmed out of France or Russia but were also quick to say that was just speculation and it is possible it is a genuine wild native one. The results of the genetic sampling will confirm the origins of the sturgeon and will provide a scientific fingerprint which will be able to be used to scan the catchment for any other specimens."

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Re: The sturgeon – Ireland’s lost ‘dinosaur fish’

Sun Jun 04, 2023 8:24 pm

be worth while seeing them come back, wont mind catching one

Re: The sturgeon – Ireland’s lost ‘dinosaur fish’

Wed Jun 07, 2023 5:49 pm

im a bit amused at the picture - looks like a trophy shot
seen another of a chap in a green t-shirt doing the same
will be interesting to hear what it died from

maybe these fish will re colonise on their own? but will they be considered invasive when the time comes
lots of speculation