Invasive Species

DEFA’s Fisheries Directorate is alerting anglers to the presence of a new invasive, non-native species to our rivers. A female Pacific Pink Salmon, which are becoming more prevalent around UK waters, has been captured in the Neb river.

Pink are usually clearly identifiable from their Atlantic salmon counterparts – particularly when mature and in spawning condition. All captures should be reported to DEFA Fisheries and this information will be collated by Fisheries Management and shared with all relevant Agencies.

A spokesman said: ‘They can be identified by their characteristic black mouths, large round, dark spots on their tails and a prominent hump on male salmon in season. At this time, Inland Fisheries are monitoring the situation. Useful sites providing more on this new invader can be found at the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Fisheries Management Scotland.If caught, please dispatch it and do not release it. For monitoring purposes, freeze the salmon and contact DEFA Fisheries for collection. If you are unsure, take a photo of the identifiable features (mouth, tail, entire fish) and release the fish to protect Atlantic Salmon populations. Send your photos into DEFA Fisheries at FisheriesEnquiries.DEFA@gov.im.’

Parcel Pickup

Isle of Man Post Office has partnered with Co-op to provide a new default parcel collection point for its customers in Crosby and the surrounding areas. 

As of October 11 the new Co-op store at Crosby, will become a default ‘Notice Left’ location for customers based within the area. There are now 14 parcel collection points Island-wide giving customers greater choice and convenience about how they collect their Notice Left items. If a customer wants to collect their items from an alternative location, they can now do so using the Redelivery service.  If the customer provides a mobile number they will be notified as soon as their items are ready to collect.   

Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies will make a return to the southern coast this weekend with a volunteer event on Sunday morning, October 10 at Pooil Vaaish from 10.30am until 12noon.

Founder Bill Dale said: ‘We are grateful to the Gawne family of Pooil Vaaish farm once again for their support for Beach Buddies and we ask that everyone parks in a manner which doesn’t cause any disruption to the busy working farm. In the last two events we have had great support, with 72 volunteers at Jurby and 63 last weekend at White Strand, plus lots of new faces which is very encouraging. If you’ve never tried beach cleaning before then don’t be shy and come and have a go.’

West Foot Forward

Hundreds of people donned their trainers and enjoyed some late summer sunshine for the fourth annual Coast to Coast Walk.  More than 450 participants of all ages and abilities stepped up to this year’s challenge, organised by Sight Matters and kindly sponsored by Find Us On Web Limited. The fundraising total is still being calculated but so far more than £8,000 has been raised for Sight Matters through entry fees and individual sponsorships, which will be used by the charity to support blind and visually impaired community in the Isle of Man. 

Curry Night

Last Friday a very successful Curry Night was held at the Baltic Inn which raised £757.19 for Foxdale Heritage. A spokesperson said: ‘We are enormously grateful for this terrific donation emanating from an excellent community event. Thanks to Judith at the Baltic, Mel and everyone involved in the organisation and John & Jayne Mudge and Nina Limmer for the catering. Thanks, also, to everyone who supported the event. We are very grateful to you all.’

Pope Pulls Out

Pope Francis will not travel to Scotland for the UN’s climate conference, the Vatican has confirmed. The 84-year-old has previously said he hoped to attend COP26 in Glasgow next month but it would depend on ‘how I feel at the time’. He has recently undergone colon surgery in Rome.  On Friday, the Vatican said its delegation would be led instead by Cardinal Parolin, its secretary of state.

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