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Data set name

Fish impingement on Northern Ireland coastal power stations (September 1989-)

Data holding centreNorthern Ireland Environment Agency, Water Management Unit
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1989 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Four sites including Belfast Lough (2), Larne Lough and Lough Foyle

Observations 
Parameters

Fish morphology, age and physiology; Fish abundance in water bodies; Fish taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Fish taxonomy-related counts

Instruments

Pelagic trawl nets

Description 
Summary

Northern Ireland has four power stations, all of which are situated on the coast. As a wider programme of estuarine and coastal classification, fish catches at the filter screens of the power stations are examined on a regular basis. Fish are sampled over a 24 hour period each month, individuals identified, weighed and measured. From published information on age/length ratios of commercial species, estimates are made of the loss of adult fish from the local populations due to the activities of the power station.

OriginatorsNorthern Ireland Environment Agency, Water Management Unit
References

Moorehead, P.W., and Service, M. (1992) Capture of fish on screens of power stations in Northern Ireland., Irish Naturalists' Journal, Vol 24(1): 3-8.

Availability 
OrganisationNorthern Ireland Environment Agency, Water Management Unit
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactFreedom of Information Officer
Address

Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Water Management Unit
17 Antrim Road
Lisburn
County Antrim
BT28 3AL
United Kingdom

Telephone02890 546677
Emailehs-foi@doeni.gov.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1073009
Global identifier810
Last revised2009-12-01