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Irish farmers dismiss claims they're to blame for farmed salmon found in rivers

Sixty-five fish have been found in Irish west coast rivers.

Salmon producers on the west coast of Ireland insist they are not to blame for scores of farmed fish turning up in five renowned rivers, reports Beat.

Sixty-five of the fish were taken from the Delphi, Erriff, Kylemore/Dawros, Newport and Bunowen catchments in counties Galway and Mayo since August.

The Irish Salmon Growers Association (ISGA), which includes five companies producing salmon at 26 sites, said its members always report escapes, without exception.

“There has been no such escape to report,” spokesman Richie Flynn said.

About five million fish will be produced this year by salmon farmers in Ireland, about 16,300 metric tons, worth about €108 million ($128 million).

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