Locals take Asian Clams crisis to Brussels

Meeting tonight

Members of the Lough Ree Angling Hub met EU officials in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the Asian Clam crisis at Ballyleague and Lanesboro.

  The meeting – with the Directorate-General for the Environment, which is responsible for the EU policy area of the environment – was facilitated by MEP Marian Harkin, who represents the area.

  It was designed to try to find a solution to the infestation of Asian Clam, which is one of the most invasive and widespread species in the world rampant, at the Roscommon/Longford location.

  Ms Harkin said that the species could have implications for tourism value in the area, and that a solution must be found.

  She said: “Up to now, attempts to have the Asian Clams removed have run up against a number of obstacles, including establishing which government department or agency is responsible for tackling this threat.”

  Ms Harkin said that the hub were hoping to received guidance from the EU officials on the removal of the clams from the river.

  Hugh Keane, the chairman of the hub, said that they were told by the EU officials that the National Parks and Wildlife were responsible for the matter.

  Meanwhile, a public meeting to discuss the issue will be held at St Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro, tonight (Thursday) at 9 pm.

  All General Election candidates in the Roscommon-Galway and Longford-Westmeath constituencies have been invited, and are expected to attend.