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Ministers Launch New WaterWatch App at NSMC Meeting

Ministers at a recent North South Ministerial Council meeting were pleased to launch the new WaterWatch app that will enable the public to report illegal fishing and water pollution within the Loughs Agency’s Foyle and Carlingford areas.

At the launch, Loughs Agency Chief Executive John Pollock said ‘by reporting incidents through the WaterWatch app the public can do their bit in protecting the nation’s fish stocks and habitat for future generations’.

WaterWatch was developed in conjunction with Inland Fisheries Ireland and is available for android and iPhones.  It allows the public to set the location, take photographs and report details of the incident (the app will include the GPS coordinates).

The app complements the Loughs Agency’s 24 hour telephone response line. However, using the app to report an incident ensures investigating officers have photographs and an accurate location of where the incident is occurring.  Once the report is submitted, Loughs Agency staff receive an instant notification, allowing them to investigate the incident.

The FREE app can be downloaded now from Google Play or the App Store.  Click here for more details.

NSMC WaterWatch Photo

(L-R) Chris Hazzard MLA, Minister for Infrastructure; Winston Patterson, Chairman, Loughs Agency Board; Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Michelle McIlveen MLA, Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs; John Pollock, Chief Executive, Loughs Agency; Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources at the WaterWatch App Launch.

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