FISHFACT is a Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology Consultancy providing specialist design, planning and monitoring services to the small hydro sector across England, Scotland, Wales Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We are a business Unit of ECOFACT Environmental Consultants; Ireland’s leading ecological consultancy practice.

We are a leading Fisheries Consultancy firm. We offer a wide range of fisheries consultancy services, and have expertise and capabilities that make us the leading supplier of fisheries consultancy services in Ireland. As fisheries consultants we offer a range of fisheries consultancy services include fisheries surveys (including electrofishing surveys, netting surveys, fish habitat surveys, fish counters etc.).

Our company has a long established reputation for excellence in the provision of Fisheries and Aquatic Ecological Assessment and Management Services

We were established in 1999 by Dr. William O’Connor, a graduate of the University of Wales, Cardiff, who previously worked for the Hydro Sector of Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board (ESB).  Dr. O’Connor has over 20 year’s professional fisheries and aquatic ecological management experience and is a chartered member of the Institute of Fisheries Management, the Institute of Biology, and the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

Assessment of the impacts and design of mitigation in relation to hydropower installations is our key area of expertise.

Assessment of the impacts and design of mitigation in relation to hydropower installations is our key area of expertise.

Our company has a long established reputation for excellence in the provision of Fisheries and Aquatic Ecological Assessment and Management Services. We have been extensively involved in fisheries work undertaking literally hundreds of assignments in rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters together with artificial water bodies such as canals and reservoirs throughout the UK and Ireland. Our expertise ranges from routine and specific surveys using electrical fishing and a wide range of netting techniques, covering migratory (e.g. salmonids, lampreys and eels), coarse and marine species, to the development of monitoring techniques for a number of rare species of conservation importance. Our expertise covers a wide range of areas, including the impact assessments and research, fish pass design, evaluations of barriers to migration and ecological surveys.

One of our main work areas at present is providing fisheries services required for the design, construction and operation of small hydroelectric schemes.  However, we also work extensively providing fisheries and aquatic ecology assessments for proposed wind energy developments. We work for government agencies, local authorities, private clients, rural estates, farmers, and community trusts across England, Scotland, Wales Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Fish stock assessments using electofishing is one of our key services.

Fish stock assessments using electofishing is one of our key services.

All of our permanent senior staff are members of the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) and Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM). Senior consultants will also be Chartered Biologists (CBiol) and/or Chartered Environmentalists (CEnv).

If you would like to discuss any project details please do not hesitate to contact us at +353 61 419477, or email us at info@ecofact.ie. Please note that we work throughout the United Kingdom and do not charge travel time or travel expenses from Ireland to the UK.

Dr. Will O’Connor is a Senior Ecologist who has over 25 year’s professional experience. He is a graduate of the University of Wales, Cardiff, and the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and a full member of both the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and the Institute of Fisheries Management. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Biologist.

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