Poachers in Kilkenny 'launder' salmon and burn down house

Poachers in Kilkenny 'launder' salmon and burn down house

Sean Keane

Despicable and extremely dangerous salmon poachers burned a family out of their home (which was under construction).

The shocking revelation came to light as evidence emerged that illegally caught salmon are being moved from Kilkenny to other parts of the country where they can be tagged and then passed on as being legal.

And poachers are flouting the law - Openly selling illegally caught salmon at the roadside.

The latest incident, just off the main road at Ballygub, Inistioge comes as locals claim that poaching has reached epidemic levels.

An average 12lb salmon makes up to €120 on the black market and this is what makes the trade so lucrative.

Poaching is now being carried out on a professional basis bringing in thousands of Euro a week.

And a young family had to give up their dream of a home by the Rive Nore after it was burned down by poachers who erroneously thought the couple, with no connection to the area, had informed the Fisheries Board of their movements.

Information has been passed on to the Fisheries Board by a concerned fisherman claiming that Nore salmon are being taken to a port in Wexford and transported to other parts of the country, by boat, where tags are in operation.

The poached salmon are then being passed off as coming from that area in an operation which has become known as 'salmon laundering.'

For legal reasons, the Kilkenny People cannot say where this is happening.

The seriousness of the situation is evident by the fact that the people who approached this newspaper feel their lives are in danger and they too fear they will be burned out, which is a popular method of intimidation used by this small yet highly organised group of people.

In the latest development, two men were seen poaching salmon from the River Nore at Coolnamuck, Inistioge at 5.22pm on Thursday in the bright sunshine.

Hotline

Fisheries Ireland are doing their best on limited resources. They operate a hotline.

The number is 1890 347424. Reports can be anonymous but they need real-time, first hand information and not hearsay in the pub the following day. Car reg numbers, photos etc all help.