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INTERREG Funded Projects – Loughs Agency (marine tourism and angling)

The Loughs Agency has secured €4m of funding from the European Union INTERREG IVA programme.

Between 2011 and 2015, the Agency will implement the Marine Tourism and Angling Development project across the Foyle and Carlingford regions. Project partners include Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners, Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, Inland fisheries Ireland, Strabane District Council, Derry City Council, Donegal County Council, Louth County Council, Limavady Borough Council and Newry and Mourne District Council.

General aims:

The overall aim of this Interreg programme is to develop and promote marine tourism, water based leisure activity, angling tourism and recreational angling in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

The Agency will achieve this by implementing a range of sub-projects under the following four themes:

  1. Access Infrastructure
  2. Angling
  3. Development/Skills Training
  4. Marketing & Communications


The project’s objectives include:-

    1. Develop boating access infrastructure
    2. Provide facilities for visitors
    3. Sensitively deliver environmental education and interpretation
    4. Raise visitor awareness of the marine environment
    5. Enhance habitat and develop angling infrastructure
    6. Develop e-commerce based licensing for the angling sector

Some of the Loughs Agency project costs are shown below.

Sub-Project Value €
1 City Centre Pontoon 1,329,854
2 City Centre Quayside Mooring 366,976
3 Mellon Beat 37,860
4 Gribben Quay 218,401
5 Malin Head 208,397
6 Backwater 456,719,
7 Benone 486,493
8 E-Licensing 70,000