Decades-old salmon log shows fisheries’ steady decline

Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara stands next to one of the most stunning wild salmon fisheries in western Europe.

18th March, 2006

Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara stands next to one of the most stunning wild salmon fisheries in western Europe. In the hotel’s bar, under a large weighing scales, is a leather-bound book. It is a log of every salmon caught at the fishery over the last four decades.

An exciting day of fishing can be imagined just by reading the entries in the log.

The date of the catch, the weight of the fish,...

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