Have you spotted any lamprey?

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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) are always on the lookout for records of lamprey in the River Slaney. Ireland has 3 species of lamprey –  brook (12cm), river (30cm) and sea lamprey (70-90cm). All 3 species are of conservation concern and are listed in Annex II of the EU Habitats Directive. Brook lamprey are resident in freshwater all year round but river and sea lamprey migrate from the marine environment to spawn in freshwater. While brook lamprey are widespread and abundant in the Slaney, river and sea lamprey are much more scarce. Lamprey spawn between March – June and we would be extremely grateful if you could send any records of sightings (including date and location) to tara.gallagher@fisheriesireland.ie. Many thanks.