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Shot fired during poaching incident

A routine patrol by Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Fisheries Protection Officers turned into a dangerous shooting incident in late July as a boat, net and nine fresh-run wild salmon were seized on the upper tidal stretch of the river Suir, near Carrick-on-Suir.

As the officers responded to the poaching incident a firearm was discharged by the alleged offenders.

David McInerney, Inland Fisheries Ireland Director, highlighted, "the dedication and courage demonstrated by the officers in tackling illegal fishing in the face of significant personal danger.”

He stressed that the salmon caught by this illegal net were on the final leg of an arduous journey, and killed a few miles from their final destination. He reminded the public that wild salmon in Ireland that do not carry either a green or white gill-tag through the mouth and gill, clearly displaying the name Inland Fisheries Ireland, have been killed illegally. Such incidents should be reported to the IFI hot line: 1890 34 74 24 1890 FISH 24.

Nobody was injured during the incident, which is now being invesigated by An Garda Síochána.

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