Ken Whelan B.Sc., PhD, FIFM, Game Angling Instructors Certificate, National Angling Guide Certificate, AAPGAI (Professional Instructor)  

Inland Fisheries Trust Incorporated – 1975 to 1980 – Completed a Ph.D. study on the biology of Irish ephemeroptera (mayflies).  Carried out a major environmental impact assessment on the impact of peat bog development on freshwater ecosystems.

Central Fisheries Board – 1980 to 1989 – principal adviser to the Board on the conservation and management salmon and sea trout stocks.

Director and CEO of the Salmon Research Agency – 1989 to 1999
Executive Director in the Marine Institute – 1999 to 2011 – adviser to various Government Departments on all matters relating to salmon and eel stocks.  I advised on a broad range of policy areas: freshwater fisheries, recreational fisheries, the freshwater environment, fish habitat, fin fish aquaculture and climate change issues.

Chairman National Biodiversity Forum – 2008 to 2011
Member of the Platform for Biodiversity Research – 2004 to 2011
Council of Management of AIDSA (Association Internationale de Défense du Saumon Atlantique) – 1996 to 1998
Joint Secretary of the Institute of Fisheries Management (Irish Branch) – 1992 to 1996  

President of NASCO ( 2004 – 2008 – an intergovernmental organisation which advises on all matters relating to the conservation of Atlantic salmon in the North Atlantic.

Chairman of the International Atlantic Salmon Research Board ( – 2007 to June 2011
Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Loire Basin Salmon Restoration Programme – 2007 to present.  
Adjunct Professor in the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin ( – 2009 to present
Research Director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust ( – 2010 to present.   
Chairman, Slaney River Trust (2014 to 2016). Board member (2016 – present) – (  )
East Wicklow Rivers Trust – Board Member (2018 to present)-(
External examiner in Tralee Institute of Technology ( – 2011 to 2014


  • A keen angler since the age of 4!!
  • Written extensively on angling topics. The Angler in Ireland – Game, Coarse and Sea (1989) is considered one of the most detailed works on Irish angling yet produced.
  • Initiated and tutored on the first professional Angling Guide courses to be run in Ireland.
  • A member of GAIA, the Game Anglers Instructors Association, holds the GAIC (Game Angling Instructors Certificate) qualification in salmon and trout angling instruction and also the National Angling Guide Certificate (NAGC).
  • Professional Instructor with AAPGAI, the Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors.
  • Produced, presented and scripted many films and videos on various aspects of Irish fisheries and angling.