BBC Sea Lamprey documentary

We were delighted to work recently with BBC Earth on a documentary on Sea Lampreys Petromyzon marinus. The filming took place during early-June 2017 on the old River Shannon at Castleconnell, Co Limerick. This is part of the Lower River Shannon Special Area of Conservation, and Sea Lampreys are a key conservation interest of this Natura 2000 site.

We are hoping that this video will help raise awareness of this important species and assist with its conservation in the future

Sea Lampreys are extremely important ecologically and are very vulnerable fish. Indeed, they have been lost from many river systems across Europe and are at unfavourable (Bad) conservation status in Ireland. They are threatened by many of the same pressures facing other fish (e.g. pollution, habitat loss). However, due to an extended burrowing larval phases they can be disproportionately impacted on by dredging and other river engineering projects. As they cannot jump or climb, even small barriers in rivers (e.g. weirs) can block their upstream migration.

Lampreys have been on this planet since before the dinosaurs and bring many ecological benefits to rivers where they occur. We are hoping that this video will help raise awareness of this important species and assist with its conservation in the future.

 

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Lizzy Daly from BBC Earth with an adult Sea Lamprey beside the Lower River Shannon
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Adult Sea Lamprey, Lower River Shannon, June 2017

For further information of lampreys please do not hesitate to contact us at info@ecofact.ie. Also please make sure to share the video after watching it.

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