Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists

8th of March 2013 – Brookfield Campus, University College Cork

At the end of this year’s meeting, we had an open discussion with the following outcomes:

The next meeting will be held in UCD in March 2014 and the suggested theme is ‘The importance of small water bodies’

  • The meeting will have more time for discussion and breaks.
  • There will be 2 types of talks: 5 minute talks consisting of 3 slides communicating the essence and relevance of the work; 15 minute talks outlining the results and relevance of larger, completed projects.
  • A website will be created hosted by the Data Centre which will be a hub for information on Ireland’s freshwater biodiversity (this will be progressed by Mary Kelly-Quinn, Eugenie Regan and Brian Nelson but we’d welcome any help/input).
  • Finally, if you have any data on Ireland’s freshwater biodiversity that you’d like to display through Biodiversity Maps http://maps.biodiversityireland.ie/#, please get in contact with the Data Centre.

Abstractions & Presentations


Session 1


09.40 – Sampling fish for the Water Framework Directive – progress to date and research needs – Dr Fiona Kelly (IFI) (ABSTRACT)

10.00 – Hydroacoustic surveys in Irish lakes – recent advances in freshwater fish biology – Lynda Connor (IFI) (ABSTRACT)

10.15 – A review of the status of the commoncarp (Cyprinus carpio L.) in Ireland – Ross Macklin (UCC ) (ABSTRACT)

10.30 – Genetic characteristics of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) in Ireland – Bill Brazier (UCC) (ABSTRACT)

Genetic characteristics of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) in Ireland – Bill Brazier (UCC) (PRESENTATION)

10.45 – Population genetics and management of pike (Esox lucius L.) in Ireland – Debbi Pedreschi (UCD) (ABSTRACT)

11.00 – Trace element analysis of scales and otoliths to identify natal streams of Lough Mask brown trout: Preliminary results – Diarmuid Ryan (IFI) (ABSTRACT)


Session 2


11.45 – Variation in fecundity of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) – R. MacNamara(NUIG)(ABSTRACT)

12.00 – Fishing for a future – an assessment of the status and sustainable fisheries potential of Lough Neagh – Warren Campbell (AFBI) (ABSTRACT)

Fishing for a future – an assessment of the status and sustainable fisheries potential of Lough Neagh – Warren Campbell (AFBI) (PRESENTATION)

12.15 – Assessing the effect of nutrient enrichment on the diet of stream salmonids: a novel approach – Dr Conor Graham (UCC) (ABSTRACT)

12.30 – Carbon budget for a large humic lake – Chris Barry (AFBI) (ABSTRACT)

12.45 – Temporal trends in the Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland ecosystem – Dr Louise Vaughan (AFBI) (ABSTRACT)

13.00 – The elusive mud snail (Omphiscola glabra) – Dr Maria Long (ABSTRACT)

The elusive mud snail (Omphiscola glabra) – Dr Maria Long (PRESENTATION)


Session 3


14.00 – Valuing freshwater resources for environmental remediation – Dr Craig Bullock (UCD) (ABSTRACT)

Valuing freshwater resources for environmental remediation – Dr Craig Bullock (UCD) (PRESENTATION)

14.15 – Breeding success and threats posed to the natterjack toad population of south-west Ireland – Niamh Sweeney (Sweeney Consultancy) (ABSTRACT)

14.30 – Implementing aquatic invasive species management into Irish Freshwater Research – Dr Frances Lucy (IT, Sligo) (ABSTRACT)

Implementing aquatic invasive species management into Irish Freshwater Research – Dr Frances Lucy (IT, Sligo) (PRESENTATION)

14.45 – Inter-event variability of turbidity-suspended sediment concentration: implications for sediment load estimation of freshwater ecosystems – Sophie Sherriff (Teagasc) (ABSTRACT)

15.00 – Abiotic resource variability regulates ecosystem multifunctionality and is moderated by food-web structure – Dr Ian Donohue (TCD) ABSTRACT

15.15 – The effects of temporal variation and riparian vegetation on bilogical water quality assessment in upland streams – John O’Driscoll (UCC) (ABSTRACT)


Session 4


15.45 – Sponges in southern Irish rivers and streams: Identification – Dr Letizia Cocchiglia (UCD) (ABSTRACT)

16.00 – Streams in an intensive agricultural landscape – Donncha Madden (RPS Consulting Engineers) (ABSTRACT)

16.15 – The impact of nutrient enrichment on stream biology and quality in ireland – Dr Simon Harrison (UCC) (ABSTRACT)

16.30 – Fly fishing accidents and bats – Dr Paddy Sleeman (UCC) (ABSTRACT)

Fly fishing accidents and bats – Dr Paddy Sleeman (UCC) (PRESENTATION)