Anglers are being encouraged by Loughs Agency to log their fishing effort, catches and releases when fishing in Foyle and Carlingford on their new eLicence website. Whenever anyone buys a rod licence to fish for salmon and sea trout in Foyle and Carlingford they are legally obliged to let Loughs Agency know if they have caught fish and how many times they went fishing. This information can now be easily recorded through the eLicence website.
Lionel Knobbs, Angling Development Manager at Loughs Agency said ‘I would encourage anglers to log their fishing effort, catches and releases on the eLicence website throughout the year, rather than wait until the end of the season’. He continued ‘whilst it is a legal obligation to make returns for salmon and sea trout, Loughs Agency are keen to see fishing logs from coarse and sea anglers as well’.
John McCartney, Director of Conservation and Protection said ‘this is really important information because it enables our scientists to understand how many fish are caught, taken or returned back to the river and how much time anglers put into catching those fish. It provides an indication of how well stocks are doing and if we need to take any action should catches take a turn for the worst.’
Freshwater Fishery Biologist, Art Niven advised that ‘Loughs Agency use angler catch returns to contribute towards the sustainable management of the fisheries of the Foyle and Carlingford areas. We use the information anglers provide to assess the strength of fish runs into the various catchments and for trend monitoring over time. The information is also used to inform responses for proposed developments such as roads, hydros, wind farms etc. that may have the potential to impact upon the aquatic environment and the various fisheries supported by high quality habitats.
Have you purchased a Loughs Agency licence this year? Log in with your Angler Number at https://elicence.loughs-agency.org and update your angling log throughout the season.