Sep
14
2017
0

MARINE NOTICE, No 096 of 2017

Kesh River; © esri; click picture to esri map "River Kesh Lower Lough Erne"

Kesh River; © esri

 

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MARINE NOTICE, No 96 of 2017

LOUGH ERNE

Kesh River Dredging

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that Waterways Ireland will be carrying out dredging works at the mouth of the Kesh River on Lower Lough Erne.
The navigation will remain open but boat users should travel the area with caution as dredging equipment will be in the vicinity.
The works are planned to take place between the 18th and the 29th of September 2017. The marina at Belleek will remain closed from Monday the 11th of September 2017 until mid November due to ongoing construction works required for the replacement of the jetties. (Marine Notice 92/2017 refers).
Waterways Ireland apologies to their customers for any inconvenience caused.

Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation, 14 Sept 2017

Moorings Kesh; © Captain’s Handbook; click to "enlarge"

Moorings Kesh; © Captain’s Handbook

Einfahrt River Kesh;© Captain’s Handbook

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Sep
14
2017
0

MARINE NOTICE, No 095 of 2017

Royal Canal Maynooth Towpath; click to esri map

RC Maynooth Towpath; © esri

MARINE NOTICE, No. 95 of 2017

Royal Canal

Towpath Closures at Maynooth & Kilcock

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that further upgrading works will take place over the coming months to the Royal Canal towpaths in the Maynooth & Kilcock areas, as part of the National Cycle Network upgrades.
The canal towpaths will be closed to the public between Maynooth Harbour and Chambers Bridge Kilcock, and from Spin Bridge Kilcock to Ferns Lock, over much of the period from September to December 2017.
Works will continue until end 2017, and signage at individual entrance locations on site will confirm relevant closure dates for those points.

Waterways Ireland regrets any inconvenience caused and thanks its customers for their cooperation in the matter.

Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation, 14 September 2017

Towpath on north bank of the Royal Canal at Maynooth;© Copyright Roger Butler licensed CC-Licence.

Towpath on north bank of the RC at Maynooth;© Copyright Roger Butler licensed CC-Licence

Maynooth Harbour; © AJ Vosse click to Blog "Ouch!! My back hurts!!"

Maynooth Harbour; © AJ Vosse

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Sep
14
2017
0

MARINE NOTICE, No 094 of 2017

Map Inland Waterways Ireland;© Waterways Ireland; click to "enlarge"

Inland Waterway’s, © WI

MARINE NOTICE, No. 94/2017

Addendum to No 39 of 2017

All Navigations

ALERT: CRAYFISH PLAGUE

CONFIRMED ON THE RIVER BARROW

AND LORRHA RIVER (Near Lough Derg):

Water users urged to take immediate bio security precaution

  • “Crayfish Plague” is a condition which only affects, but is fatal to our native populations of Freshwater White-Clawed Crayfish (All native crayfish that become infected will die)
  • Crayfish Plague is easily transmitted in water or via contaminated equipment (eg canoes, waders or nets, wetsuits), machinery and potentially even by animals/pets coming into contact with water from infected areas (crayfish plague only affects crayfish and not other animals)
  • Crayfish plague may also have entered into other rivers. Emergency disease containment measures are therefore needed to help ensure its containment and prevent its spread.

Commencing immediately ALL recreational, commercial, private and public body water users (boaters, walkers, swimmers, kayakers, rowers, machine operators etc) are being urged to take immediate biosecurity precautions to stop the spread of crayfish plague and are asked to operate a temporary ban on moving water sports/angling equipment and other equipment/machinery that comes in contact with the water, out of, or into the affected catchments/Rivers.

If movements are essential, all recreational equipment including clothing etc should be thoroughly dried out and the following biosecurity measures followed:

  • Water sports, angling and other equipment currently in use in these catchments may continue to be used there in a limit capacity; but boats, angling/water sports equipment and machinery should not be transferred in or out of the affected catchments.
  • Users operating within the affected areas are also requested to limit their activity to the immediate river sections where they normally operate, avoid moving around the catchment and follow biosecurity protocols – “Check, Clean, Dry” – which should be adopted as standard practice in all freshwaters.
  • All equipment that comes in contact with water should be checked for any silt or mud, plant material or animals.
  • Before and after use all equipment should then be cleaned (Disinfectant or hot water {over 60 Degrees Celsius} should be used to clean all equipment) and finally fully dried. Drying is especially important, including removing of all water from inside a boat and disposing of it on grass.

Further information on Crayfish/Crayfish Plague

  • The kill only infects species of crayfish but causes 100% mortality in our native White Clawed crayfish. Farm animals, pets and other freshwater animals and fish are not affected.
  • The crayfish plague organism can be carried on wet equipment (boats, kayaks, fishing equipment, wetsuits, machinery etc) to new sites. Containment of the outbreak is essential to prevent spread to other as yet unaffected populations in Ireland and further along the Barrow and Shannon Rivers and their tributaries.
  • People are also asked to alert the authorities (National Parks and wildlife, Local Council Env Section, Inland Fisheries Ireland or Waterways Ireland Environment Section) of any mass mortality of crayfish or sightings of unusual crayfish that might be non-native species (e.g. crayfish with red claws, large size).
  • The White-clawed Crayfish is a globally threatened species and Ireland holds one of the largest surviving populations in Europe. Found in lakes, rivers and streams over much of the island it is the only freshwater crayfish species in Ireland. Throughout its European range, this species has been decimated by the impact of Crayfish Plague which spread to Europe with the introduction of North American species of crayfish. Until 2015, Ireland was considered free of the disease and it remains the only European country without any established non-native crayfish species.

Further information:  http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/crayfish-plague-2017

Source:
Interagency personnel from National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, Tipperary, Carlow, Waterford County and City Councils, Sports Partnerships including Tipperary, Marine Institute, Local Authority Water and Communities Offices, Waterways Ireland and National Biodiversity Data Centre

Shane Anderson Assistant Inspector of Navigation, 13 Sept 2017

Native Irish Crayfish – Source www.npws.ie

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Sep
13
2017
0

MARINE NOTICE, No 093 of 2017

Erne-System; © esri; click to "to Belleek Map "

Erne-System; © esri

MARINE NOTICE, No. 93 of 2017

Erne System

Advance Notice of Reducing Water Levels

It is expected that Waterways Ireland will be advised by Rivers Agency that from 1st October, in keeping with water level management protocols, users of the Erne System can expect reducing water levels throughout the navigation as water levels on Lower Lough Erne are lowered, weather permitting, to a minimum of 149 feet (Above Poolbeg Ordnance Datum), in anticipation of increased precipitation during Autumn & Winter.

If water levels do fall masters should be aware of:

  • Navigation
    To reduce the risk of grounding masters should navigate on or near the centreline of the channel, avoid short cutting in dog-legged channels and navigating too close to navigation markers.
  • Mooring of Vessels
    Masters should be aware that water levels may change rapidly and that mooring lines will require adjustment therefore these should be checked regularly.

Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation, 13 Sept 2017

Sep
08
2017
0

MARINE NOTICE, No 092 of 2017

Erne-System; © esri; click to "to Belleek Map "

Belleek Publik and Privat Marine

MARINE NOTICE, No 92 of 2017

LOUGH ERNE

Belleek Marina

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels that the marina at Belleek will be closed from Monday the 11th of September 2017 until mid November due to construction works required for the replacement of the jetties.

Waterways Ireland apologies to their customers for any inconvenience caused.

Shane Anderson, Assistant Inspector of Navigation, 8 Sept 2017

Belleek Mooring

Belleek Mooring

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