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Salmon Fry Mortality at ESB Fishery Hatcheries

Issued: 13 May 2022

An incident occurred at ESB’s salmon hatchery in Parteen, Co Tipperary on Saturday 30th April which resulted in the mortality of about 100,000 salmon fry out of a total stock of 120,000 fry in the hatchery at the time. This batch of salmon fry were being reared and were due to be released as salmon smolts in the Spring of 2023.  This is part of ESB’s long standing and substantial investment programme in fishery conservation. 

ESB has obtained independent specialist fisheries veterinary advice and is carrying out an investigation into the cause of this incident.  Initial indications are that this incident was due to an algal bloom and further details will issue upon completion of the investigation which will continue to be supported by independent specialist advice.

ESB greatly regrets this loss and its impact on ESB’s salmon conservation programme and is engaging with the appropriate authorities and key stakeholders. 


Media queries to:

Paul Hand, Senior Press Officer, ESB – 085 7256798,

Editors’ Notes:

ESB has the statutory responsibility in relation to the management of fisheries throughout the Shannon, Erne, Lee and Liffey catchments.  We remain committed to putting significant resources into the conservation of the fisheries to ensure their accessibility and enhancing their amenity value.