Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is to continue funding the programme of managing and removing an invasive plant from Lough Corrib.
At a special meeting of the board of Inland Fisheries Ireland in Dublin at the end of June I informed both the board and the CEO that the continuation of the programme for removing Lagorosiphon Major – Curly Leaved Waterweed more commonly referred to as ‘African Pond Weed’ – from Lough Corrib was a priority of mine.
I am pleased that the board of Inland Fisheries Ireland, an agency under the remit of my Department, has decided to continue funding the current programme which involves the Office of Public Works and Galway County Council.
This programme commenced three years ago and had been due to expire this October. However, the funding from the IFI via the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment will help secure the excellent progress achieved at tackling this aggressive, invasive plant species which was discovered in the Corrib over a decade ago.
Tackling aquatic invasive species is under the remit of the National Parks and Wildlife Service which is part of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht. Progress has been made in talks between the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and proposals will soon be brought to Government on the longer term plans for tackling aquatic invasive species.
I am confident that the proposals will help establish a more structured, whole of Government approach. In the meantime the continued funding from IFI will help ensure that we can tackle the problems caused by this non-native invasive plant in Lough Corrib.