Publications and Media

Some examples:


 Nomads of the Tides: Fishing for Irish Sea -Trout   Medlar Press, 2013 ( -with Chris McCully

Celebrating Irish Salmon  Artisan House Editions, 2013 ( – with Mairin Ui Chomain

Irish Rivers (1986.  Ed: Éamon de Buitléar) Dooge, J., Goodwillie, R., Heuff, H and Whelan , K.F..  Country House, Dublin.  (pp.128)

The Book of the Irish Countryside -Wildlife in the Countryside – Fish, (1987) Town House, 163 – 170. (As Robert O’ Kelly)

The Angler in Ireland: Game, Coarse and Sea. (1989) Town House, Dublin. 408pp.


Recent Book Chapters:

Swier Ad,  A World of Pike Flies (2013), Westerlaan Publisher, Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands. 208pp

Kelly-Quinn, M. and Baars, J-R, (2012) The Remarkable Rye Water – Celebrating 20 years of commitment to the Rye Water and it’s valley. Hudson Killeen.  Dublin and Intel Ltd, Leixlip, Dublin 83pp.


Selection of Scientific Papers

Whelan K.F. (1979) Some aspects of the biology of Ephemera danica Mull (Ephemerida:  Ephemeroptera) in Irish Waters. P 187-200. In J.F. Flanagan and K.E. Marshall ed. Advances in Ephemeroptera Biology (Proc. 3rd Int. Conf. on Ephemeroptera, Winnipeg, Canada, July 4th-10th.  1979) Plenum Press, New York.

Whelan K.F. (1983) Migratory Patterns of Bream (Abramis brama L.) shoals in the River Suck System.  Ir. Fish. Invest. Ser. A. 23, 11-15pp.

K.F.Whelan and  B.J. Whelan (1986)  The Economics of Salmon Fishing in the Republic of Ireland: Present and Potential.  Institute of Fisheries Management. Proceedings of 17th Annual Study Course. University of Ulster at Coleraine.  9th-11th Sept. 1986. pp 191-208.

Whelan, K.F. (1990).  An Overview of Techniques used in Atlantic Salmon Restoration and Rehabilitation Programmes.  Strategies for the Rehabilitation of Salmon Rivers.  AST/IFM Linnean Soc. Joint Conference Proceedings.  Held at the Linnean Society, London, 29th / 30th November, 1990.  Ed. D. Mills:  6-18.

Whelan, K.F. and McGinnity, P.(1991).  A Comparative and Genetic Profile of Wild and Ranched Atlantic Salmon ( Salmo salar L.) Stocks from the Burrishoole System, Co. Mayo, Western Ireland.  Paper presented at the International Symposium on Biological interactions of enhanced and wild salmonids;  hosted by Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Biological Sciences Branch / Salmonid Enhancement Program, Pacific Region, Nanaimo, B.C., Canada.

Whelan, K.F. (1993).  Decline of Sea Trout in the West of Ireland:  an Indication of Forthcoming Marine Problems for Salmon?  Proceedings of the Fourth International Atlantic Salmon Symposium, St. Andrews, N.B. Canada, June 1992.   Salmon in the Sea and New Enchancement Strategies – (ed. D. Mills).  Fishing News Books, Chapter 9.

Tully, O., Poole, W.R. and Whelan K.F.  (1993).  Infestation Parameters for Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Kroyer) copepoda:caligidae) Parasitic on Sea Trout (Salmo trutta L.) Post Smolts on the West Coast of Ireland during 1990 and 1991. Aquaculture and Fisheries Management.  Vol. 24, No. 4, 545-557.

Tully, O., Poole, W.R., Whelan, K.F. and Merigoux, S. (1993).  Parameters and Possible Causes of Epizootics of Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Kroyer) Parasitic on Sea Trout (Salmo trutta L.) on the West Coast of Ireland.  Proceedings of the First European Crustacea Conference.  Paris, August 31 – September 5, 1992 .  Pathogens of Wild and Farmed Fish, Sea Lice.  (ed.  G.A. Boxshall).  Ellis Horwood Ltd., London.  202-212.

Tully, O and Whelan, K.F. (1993).  Production of Nauplii of Lepeoptheirus salmonis Kroyer) Copepods:  Caligdae) from Farmed and Wild Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.) on the West Coast of Ireland During 1991 and its Relation to Infestation Levels on Wild Sea Trout (Salmo trutta L.).  Fisheries Research 17, 187-200.

Whelan, K.F., Rogan,G and Mantle, P. (1994) Enhancement- Stocking for Catch. In: A Hard Look at Tough Issues. Proceedings of the New England Salmon Management Conference, April 22 – 23, 1994.  New England Salmon Association, Newburyport, MA. Pp. 134 – 150.

Poole, W.R.,  Whelan, K.F., Dillane, M.G., Cooke, D.J. and Matthews, M.A.  (1996).  The Performance of Sea Trout, (Salmo trutta L), Stocks from the Burrishoole System Western Ireland, 1970-1994.  Fisheries Management and Ecology.  3 (1).  73-92.

Hutchinson, A.J., Ryan, R., Whelan, K.F. and MacEvilly, U.  (1996).  Electrophoretic analysis of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) mucus.  Biochemcial Society Transactions.  No. 24.

Matthews, M.A., Poole, W.R., Dillane, M.G. and Whelan, K.F.  (1997).  Juvenile Recruitment and Smolt Output of Brown Trout (Salmo trutta L.) and Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.) from a Lacustrine System in Western Ireland.  Fisheries Research, 31.  19-37.

Whelan, K.F. (1997).  Salmon and sea trout.  In:  Ireland in the coming times – Essays to celebrate T.K. Whitaker’s 80years.  IPA, Dublin;  386-399.

Whelan, K.F., Poole, W.R., McGinnity, P., Rogan, R. & Cotter, D. (1998).  The Burrishoole System. Chapter 11. In: Ed. Moriarty, C.  Studies of Irish Rivers and Lakes  Marine Institute, Dublin. Congress of Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL), Dublin .  279pp.

Gargan, P., Whelan, K.F. & Whelan, B.J. (1998). An Illustrative Grilse Survival Model for an Irish Salmon Fishery. IN: Recreational Fisheries – Social Economic and Management Aspects.  FAO / Fishing News Books, 106 – 115.

Whelan, K.F. and O Muircheartiagh, F.S.  (1999).  Managing Ireland’s Spring Salmon  Stocks – the Options:  Proceedings of a seminar and workshop.  Dublin, September 11th 1998.  Salmon Research Agency and Central Fisheries Board; 86pp.

Matthews, M.A., Poole, W.R., Thompson, C.E., McKillen, J., Ferguson, A., Hindar, K. & Whelan, K.F. (2000).  Incidence of hybridisation between Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., and brown trout, Salmo trutta L., in Ireland. Fisheries Management & Ecology7; 337-347.

Whoriskey F. Jr. and Whelan K. F. (2000) (Eds.)  Managing Wild Atlantic Salmon. New Challenges – New Techniques.  Proceedings of the 5th Atlantic Salmon Symposium, September 1997, Galway, Ireland.  Atlantic Salmon Federation, US / Atlantic Salmon Trust, UK. 244pp.

Byrne, C.J., Poole, W.R., Dillane, M.G. & Whelan, K. (2002).  The Irish sea trout enhancement programme: an assessment of the parr stocking programme into the Burrishoole catchment. Fisheries Management & Ecology 9 (6); 329-341..

Poole, W.R., Byrne, C.J., Dillane, M.G., Whelan, K. & Gargan, P.G. (2002).  The Irish sea trout enhancement programme: a review of the broodstock and ova production programmes.  Fisheries Management & Ecology 9 (6); 315-328.

Whelan, K.F. (2001) The Burrishoole Experimental Catchment  In:  Catchment Management – Proceedings of the 31st Annual Study Course of The Institute of Fisheries of Fisheries Management (ed. C. Moriarty), Trinity College, Dublin.

O’Maoiléidigh, N., Potter,E.C.E., McGinnity,P., Whelan,K.F., Cullen,A., McLaughlin,D., and McDermot, T. (2002). The Significance and Interpretation of Net Catch Data. In: The Interpretation of Rod and Net Catch Data. Proceedings of a workshop held at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquatic Science, Lowestoft, 6th – 7th November 2001. Ed.: Richard Shelton. 15 – 30.  Atlantic Salmon Trust, Pitlochry, Scotland.

Hutchinson, P., Welch, D., Boehlert, G., and Whelan, K. (2002) A Synthesis of the Joint Meeting.  In:  Joint Meeting on Causes of Marine Mortality of Salmon in the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans and in the Baltic Sea.  Eds.:  IBFSC, NASCO, NPAFC and PICES.  North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. (NPAFC) Technical Report 4.  Vancouver, Canada.

Whelan, K.F., Whelan, B.J. & Rogan, G. (2002).  Catch as a Predictor of Salmon Stock in the Burrishoole Fishery, Co. Mayo, Western Ireland. In: The Interpretation of Rod and Net Catch Data. Proceedings of a workshop held at the Centre for environment, Fisheries and Aquatic Science, Lowestoft, 6th – 7th November 2001. Ed.: Richard Shelton. 76 – 84.  Atlantic Salmon Trust, Pitlochry, Scotland.

Fagan M.S., N.O’Byrne-Ring, R. Ryan, D.Cotter, K. Whelan, U. MacEvilly, (2003) A biochemical study of mucus lysozyme, proteins and plasma thyroxine of Atlantic salmon during smoltification.    Aquaculture 222 (2003) 287-300.

O’Byrne-Ring N. , K. Dowling, D.Cotter, K. Whelan & U. MacEvilly, (2003) Changes in mucus cell numbers in the epidermis of the Atlantic salmon at the onset of smoltification.    J. Fish Biol. 63 (6)(2003) 1365-1370.

Byrne, C.J., Poole, R., Rogan, G., Dillane, M. & Whelan, K.F. (2003).  Temporal and environmental influences on the variation in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) smolt migration in the Burrishoole system from 1971 to 2000.  Journal of Fish Biology 63; 1552-1564.

Whelan, K.F. (2005) International Atlantic Salmon Management – A Model for Marine Resource Strategy.  Went Memorial Lecture 2005, Royal Dublin Society, 24pp

Coughlan, J. McGinnity, P, O’Farrell, B., Dillane, E., Diserud,O., de EytoE., O’Farrell, K., Whelan, K., Stet, R.J.M. and Cross, T. (2006).  Temporal variation in immune response genes in anadromous Salmo trutta in an Irish river before and during aquaculture activities: Evidence from comparing major histocompatibility class I embedded microsatellites with neutral markers in archival scales. ICES Journal of Marine Science 63, 1248-1255.

Poole, W.R., Dillane, M., deEyto, E., Rogan, G., McGinnity, P. & Whelan, K. (2006). Characteristics of the Burrishoole sea trout population:  census, marine survival, enhancement and stock recruitment, 1971-2003.  In: Sea Trout: Biology, Conservation and Management (Harris, G.S. & Milner, N.J., Eds). Proceedings of the First International Sea Trout Symposium, July 2004, Cardiff, Wales, UK. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, pp. 279-306.

Coughlan, J., McGinnity, P., O’Farrell, B., Dillane, E., Diserud, O., de Eyto, E., Farrell, K., Whelan, K. F., Stet, R. J. M. & Cross, T. (2006).  Temporal variation in an immune response gene (MHC I) in anadromous Salmo trutta in an Irish river before and during aquaculture activities. ICES Journal of Marine Science 63; 1248-1255.

Hansen, L. P. and Windsor, M. (2006).  Interactions between aquaculture and wild stocks of Atlantic salmon and other diadromous species: science and management, challenges and solutions. Preface K. Whelan and M. Sissenwine – NINA (Norway) Special Report 34, Trondheim, 74pp.

McGinnity, P., de Eyto, E., Cross, T., Coughlan J., Whelan K. and Ferguson, A. (2007). Population specific smolt development, migration and maturity schedules in Atlantic salmon in a natural river environment. Aquaculture 273; 257-268.

Philip McGinnity, Eleanor Jennings, Elvira deEyto, Norman Allott, Patrick Samuelsson, Gerard Rogan, Ken Whelan and Tom Cross. (2009)  Impact of naturally spawning captive bred Atlantic salmon on wild populations: depressed recruitment and increased risk of climate mediated extinction.  Proc. R. Soc. B 2009 276, 3601-3610

McGinnity, P., Jennings, E., deEyto, E., Allott, N., Samuelsson, P., Rogan, G., Whelan, K. & Cross, T. (2009).  Impact of naturally spawning captive-bred Atlantic salmon on wild populations: depressed recruitment and increased risk of climate-mediated extinction.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, published online 29 July 2009.doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.0799

Murphy, T.M., M. Berzano, S. M. O’Keeffe,  D. M. Cotter, S. E. McEvoy, K. A. Thomas`, N. P. O´ Maoile´idigh and K. F. Whelan. (2010) Anisakid larvae in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) Grilse and post-smolts: molecular identification and histopathology   J. Parasitol., 96(1), 2010, pp. 77–82

 Whelan, K (2010)  A Review of the Impacts of the Salmon Louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Krøyer, 1837) on Wild Salmonids –

Milner, N.J., Cowx, I.G. and Whelan, K.F. (2012) Salmonids and flows: a perspective on the state of the science and its application. Fisheries Management and Ecology, Volume 19, Issue 6, pages 445–450.

Whelan, K. and McCully, C. (2013) Occurrence of wild Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.) in the River Dodder at Ballsbridge, Dublin. Irish Naturalists’ Journal 33 (1): 70-71

Gurney, W.S.C.,Brennan,L.O,Bacon, P.J.,Whelan, K.F.,O’Grady, M.,Dillane, E. and McGinnity, P. (2014) Objectively Assigning Species and Ages to Salmonid Length Data from Dual-Frequency Identification Sonar. Transactions of The American Fisheries Society, 143 :573-585

Whelan, K.F. (2014) Sea-trout populations in small coastal streams. Biology and Environment. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Vol. 114b, No. 3, 199-204.

Fealy, R., Allott, N., Broderick, C., de Eyto E., Dillane M., Marie Erdil R., Jennings E., Hancox L., McCrann K., Murphy C., O’Toole C., Poole R., Rogan G., Ryder L., Taylor D., Whelan K. and Jonathan White J. (2014)  RESCALE: Review and Simulate Climate and Catchment Responses at Burrishoole. Marine Research Sub-Programme 2007-2013.

Jensen, A.J., Gilbey, J., Friedland, K.D., McGinnity, P., Mork, K.A., Coughlan, J., Cross, T.F., Einarsson, S., Ensing, D., Erkinaro, J., Fiske, P., Garcia de Leaniz, C., Hansen, L. P., Haugland, M., Holm, M., Holst, J.C., Jacobsen, J.A., Karlsson, S., O Maoleidigh, N., Nielsen, E.E., Primmer, C.R., Prodöhl, P. A., Stevens, J.R.., Thomas, K., Vaha, J-P, Verspoor, E., Wennevik, V., Whelan, K. and Hindar, K. (in review) (2015) Increased understanding of the marine life of a migratory fish gained by combining data on an individual’s ecology and genetic assignment. Proceedings of The Royal Society B.

Gustavson, M.S., Collins, P.C., Finarelli,J.A., Egan, D., Ó Conchúir, R., Wightman, G.D., King, J.J., Gauthier, D.T., Whelan, K., Carlsson, J.E.L., and Carlsson, J. (2015) An eDNA assay for Irish Petromyzon marinus and Salmo trutta and field validation in running water Journal of Fish Biology. Volume 87, Issue 5, November 2015. pp. 1254–1262.

Whelan, Ken (2017) Review and Assessment of Fishery Management Options for the Mulcair River, Co Limerick, Commissioned Independent Review. Electricity Supply Board, Ireland. 25pp.

Moylan,M., O’Cinnéide, L.,  and Whelan, K. ( 2017) Review of the Aquaculture Licensing Process – Independent Aquaculture Licensing Review.  Published Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (May 2017). 70pp.

Recent Popular Articles:

Whelan Ken (2011) – Salmon at Sea – Trout and Salmon Magazine, UK, December 2011

Whelan Ken (2013) – Saving our Salmon at Sea – Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine, UK, March 2013

Whelan Ken (2013) – Chile’s Great Escape – Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine, UK, September 2013

Whelan Ken (2013) – Angling Carries Weight – Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine, UK, October 2013

Whelan Ken (2014) – Under Pressure – The Atlantic Salmon – Irish Wildlife Magazine, Irish Wildlife Trust, Ireland. Winter Issue, 2014.

Whelan Ken (2014) – Atlantic Salmon Lost at Sea – Sherkin Comment, Environmental Quarterly of Sherkin Island Marine Station, Ireland. Issue No. 58.

Whelan Ken (2016) – From Hell to Heaven – Trout and Salmon Magazine, UK, February 2016

Whelan Ken (2017)  – A Summer in the Alps – Trout & Salmon Magazine, UK, April 2017


Managing Ireland’s Salmon – 1985  ( CFB Film Unit) Running Time – 50 mins. Format 16mm and VHS. Co-producer, scientific adviser, script writer, co-presenter.

 Salmon a Changing Scene – 1987 ( CFB Film Unit) Running Time – 20 mins. Format 16mm and VHS. Co-producer, scientific adviser, script writer, presenter.

A Fishing Life – 1995 ( Eamon de Buitléar Film Unit) Running Time – 30 mins. Format 16mm and VHS. Co-producer, scientific adviser, script writer, presenter.

The Wild Atlantic Salmon – 1998 ( Performance Films (UK) / Eamon de Buitléar Film Unit) Running Time – 30 mins. Format 16mm and VHS. Co-producer, scientific adviser, script writer.

A Life in the Wild  – 2012 (Eamon de Buitléar Film Unit  ) – Series – containing clips form a range of films made with E de B.

Atlantic Salmon Lost at Sea – 2016 (post- production on-going) Castletown Productions – Associate Producer , Scientific Advisor, Scripting  and Participant.


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