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THE CURE

Volunteer and become part
of the CURE (Clean Up the River Environment)


POLLUTION

Call the Pollution Hot Line:
0800 80 70 60


POACHING/
ILLEGAL FISHING

Call the Pollution Hot Line:
0800 80 70 60


FLOODING
In the event of
an emergency
call 999


Trout & salmon breeding programme

The Ballinderry trout & salmon breeding & restocking programme

Each year, the Ballinderry River Enhancement Association’s Ballinderry Fish Hatchery Ltd, hatches around 1 million native brown trout, Dollaghan trout and Atlantic salmon, for the Ballinderry River and its tributaries.

In order to do this, staff from the hatchery and Ballinderry River Enhancement Association volunteers collect wild spawners from the well populated parts of the river and its tributaries during November and December, annually, to crossbreed with fish held in the hatchery. The young are then released into the poorly populated parts of the river and its tributaries during spring.


The breeding and re-introduction programme was started because, by the 1980’s, the river had been suffering from the blight of poor water quality and river habitat across the catchment which had driven the river’s population of unique Lough Neagh Dollaghan trout, river brown trout and Atlantic salmon to the brink of extinction. Salmon and dollaghan were largely absent from the river system and Dollaghan trout were spawning only in the headwaters of two tributary rivers on the Ballinderry, the Lissan Water and the Ballymully River.


In order to save the Dollaghan and salmon from extinction, the hatchery was used to rear large numbers of each, quickly, to help restock the catchment with fish, whilst the problems in the river were being resolved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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