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Posted by Bowser on August 14, 2004 at 21:14:25:

In Reply to: Re: Olympic sized Pool for Castlebar...honest! posted by Watching on August 14, 2004 at 17:12:16:

It was a commonplace to develop lakes for game fishing by killing pike using a chrysanthemum extract called rotenone. The idea was to remove predators of trout and return lakes to their original trout only status. Pike were an exotic species introduced into Ireland by landlords wishing to 'improve' the fishing. Unfortunately they like to eat trout.

Like rabbits in Australia, introductions like this caused more trouble than they were worth. And then myxymatosis to control the rabbits - anyone remember blind rabbits staggering around the roads of Ireland? There are lots of parallels today where people muck around with introducing species deliberately or accidentally - New Zealand flatworms associated with garden centre plants reputed to be gobbling up earthworms in Ireland to the detriment of soil aeration and fertility. Giant Hogweedis rampaging out of control along the canals - you can get a nasty burn from this 10-foot high plant.

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