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22 Victoria Road
Derry~Londonderry
Northern Ireland
BT47 2AB

Tel: +44 (0) 28 7134 2100
Email: general@loughs-agency.org

Dundalk Street,
Carlingford,
Co Louth,
Rep. of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 42 938 3888
Email: carlingford@loughs-agency.org

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  • Workshops for landowners affected by severe flooding in August

  • DAERA are providing two workshops in local areas for farmers and landowners affected by the severe flooding event of 22nd and 23rd August. They are in Gortin Community Centre at 7.30pm on Monday 18th September and Cranagh Community Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th September. DAERA and other agencies, including Loughs Agency, will be represented aRead more...
  • Update on Escapement of Rainbow Trout in the Foyle System

  • Loughs Agency are continuing to assess the impact of escaped Rainbow Trout into the River Faughan and Mourne due to recent severe flooding. Loughs Agency Freshwater Scientists and Fishery Officers have been assessing and monitoring the situation since the flood hit at the end of last month. We have also been liaising with our colleagues in DAERA and Rivers Agency in a co-ordinated effort to manRead more...
  • July dates confirmed for Foyle Maritime Festival 2018

  • Next summer, the Derry quayside will be transformed as the city once again holds the Foyle Maritime Festival, with the Clipper Round the World yacht fleet back on the Foyle. The dates for the festival will be Saturday July 14th to Sunday July 22nd  –  a full week of river based activities. The distinctive Clipper Race yachts will berth in Foyle Marina during the race sRead more...
  • FESTIVAL OF LIGHT – Launched Today

  • A Festival of Light will take place around Carlingford Lough from Friday 11th August to Friday 1st September, creating a nightly spectacle from 9:30pm up to 1:00am, with light reflecting off iconic structures across the waters of the Lough. The Loughs Agency has encouraged property managers to illuminate the following iconic structures around the cross-border lough: – Haulbowline Lighthouse tRead more...
  • Pink Salmon arrive in the Foyle System

  • The Foyle system witnessed its first catch of Pink Salmon last week.  Angler Alban Norrby caught this 2.6lb fish on the River Mourne on the fly.  Alban reported the catch to Loughs Agency immediately were our Fisheries Biologist, Arthur Niven confirmed the identification of species and took scale samples. Read more...
  • Anglers encouraged to log in to record their fishing effort and catches

  • 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 nRead more...
  • Lough Fest @ Craic in the Brack this weekend

  • Loughs Agency are delighted to support the Loughs Fest event taking place as part of the Craic in the Brack Festival this weekend. The fishing competition takes place in Moorlough on Saturday 1st July from 10am -2pm. There is loads of prizes and a free BBQ for all competitors - get involved!

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  • Foyle Sea Trout Tagging Study

  • From 2017 the Loughs Agency will be tagging Sea trout with “T-Bar Anchor Tags”. The tagging is part of ongoing studies into the ecology and migration patterns of Foyle Sea trout and will inform future management of local Sea trout populations. All anglers are asked to assist with identifying and reporting any Sea trout they catch with one of these tags. The tags will be orange, apprRead more...
  • Loughs Agency attends 34th NASCO Annual Meeting

  • Delegates from countries across the North Atlantic and beyond met in Varberg, Sweden, earlier this month with one goal: to ensure the future of North Atlantic salmon. Despite strict conservation and management over the years, many stocks of this iconic species are in real danger, with threats often difficult to identify and address. At the meeting NASCO and its members considered actions taken on Read more...
  • Recruiting for the Maritime Ambassador Programme!

  • Kick start your career in the outdoors by becoming an Assistant Canoe Coach, an Assistant Angling Coach or gain a 
  • Riverwatch Re-Opening – 8th June 2017

  • Riverwatch will be re-opening its doors on Thursday 8th June.  Many schools are closed due to the election. However, Riverwatch are inviting pupils to call into our o-fish-al polling station for the Riverwatch 2017 Snap Election! The porpoise of the Riverwatch Snap Election is to vote in a new underwater government. On the day, there will be Read more...
  • Lough Foyle Oyster Fishery Licence Applications

  • Interested parties are invited to apply for a licence to fish the 2017/2018 Native Oyster fishery. Applicants will be required to submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the address listed below. All applications must be delivered in person by the applicant. Application forms are available for
  • Foyle Maritime Festival wins at NW Business Awards

  • Loughs Agency are delighted that the Foyle Maritime Festival won the Best Tourism Event at the 2017
  • Sailing in Safety

  •   Hundreds of water sport enthusiasts in the Foyle area will be rowing, boating and sailing in safety thanks to support of Loughs Agency in partnership with 3 local water based recreation clubs. Foyle Sailability, Lough Foyle Yacht Club and Moville Boat Club regularly organise sessions on the water (for the public as well as members) but at times have been hindered by inadequate safety Read more...
  • Kick start your career in the outdoors!

  • Kick start your career in the outdoors by becoming an Assistant Canoe Coach, an Assistant Angling Coach or gain a
  • First Class Fishing Facilities on the Finn

  • Today, on the opening day of the season on the River Finn, anglers gathered at Glenmore Lodge before casting their line.  During the closed season, Glenmore Fishery Manager Jarlath Winters has been busy working with Loughs Agency through their Sustainable Development Fund to develop the angling facilities at Glenmore Lodge.  Anglers now have access to a fishing hut complete with stove and dryingRead more...
  • Suspension of Oyster Fishing in the Foyle Area

  •   John Pollock, Chief Executive of the Loughs Agency, has signed a declaration to suspend native oyster fishing in the Foyle area for the expedient for the conservation and protection of shellfish. The declaration states that fishing for native oysters is suspended for the entirety of the Foyle area from 1st March 2017 at 06:00 hrs to 31st March 2017 at 18:00hrs. A survey and review Read more...
  • Loughs Agency delivers School Science Workshops for NI Science Fest

  • As part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival, Loughs Agency have been delivering workshops in local schools this week.  Pupils at Oakgrove Integrated College, St Joseph’s Boys School and Cumber Claudy Primary School have been introduced to some of the freshwater invertebrates that live in our rivers.  The education team brought the bugs to the classroom and tRead more...

  • The Foyle Area (Control of Fishing) Regulations 2010 – Signed Feb 2017

  • I, John Pollock, Chief Executive of the Loughs Agency, Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission, hereby certify that The Commission is satisfied that the number of salmon which have migrated upstream of the River Finn Fish Counter during each of the previous five years has not exceeded 5,410, stipulated by the Foyle Area (Control of Fishing) Regulations 2010. In pursuance of Article 3 of tRead more...
  • Riverwatch Aquarium closed for refurbishments

  • *PUBLIC NOTICE* - We taking the opportunity over Christmas to complete some exciting refurbishment works to the Riverwatch Aquarium. The center will be closed from now until April. We will update our website and Facebook page when there is a confirmed re-opening date. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenienRead more...
  • Loughs Agency introducing on-line rod licensing system

  • Loughs Agency Rod eLicence symbol A new electronic on-line rod licensing system was launched todRead more...
  • Bready Jubilee Primary School carry out habitat study on Burndennet River

  • Pupils from Mrs Corbett’s class at Bready Jubilee Primary School recently completed a habitat study on the Burndennet River.  The pupils investigated the invertebrate life, river bed, litter, land use and carried out weather observations. The class were brilliantly behaved, they made a real effort to look out for one another throughout the study and managed to have a lot of fun whilst there.Read more...
  • 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 protectingRead more...
  • 2016 Halloween Programme Launched

  • As always at Riverwatch we have put together a cracking Halloween programme for 2016.   Some events must be booked in advance using Eventbrite - see links below.  
    Shark Night at Riverwatch Aquarium - SOLD OUT Thursday 27th October: 7.00pm – 9.30pmRead more...
  • FREE Angling Open Day on Newry Canal on Saturday 24th Sept

  • On Saturday, 24th September, Loughs Agency are hosting a FREE Angling Open Day on Newry Canal and at the WIN Business Park from 10am to 4pm. Adults, juniors, experienced anglers and novices are welcome to come along and experience a range of different fishing techniques and get tips and hints across game, coarse and sea angling disciplines. Delivered by qualified angling coaches Read more...
  • Suspension of Oyster Fishing in the Foyle Area

  • I, John Pollock, Chief Executive of the Loughs Agency, Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission, hereby certify that The Commission is satisfied that it is necessary and expedient for the conservation and protection of native oysters (Ostrea edulis) to declare fishing for such oysters suspended in the entirety of The Foyle Area, as defined by The Foyle Area (Control of Oyster FishingRead more...
  • Loughs Agency Advising Farmers to be Vigilant

  • The moisture content of the current grass crop is very high and without suitable weather conditions to allow wilting of the crop when cut, will give rise to a higher than usual flow of effluent when ensiled. The Loughs Agency would ask the farming community to take this into consideration when harvesting the crop and ensure that they have adequate storage for the increased flow of effluent. The Read more...
  • Press Release – River Faughan Fish Kill

  • The Loughs Agency, in conjunction with NIEA, are currently carrying out an investigation into the recent fish kill on the River Faughan. Loughs Agency and NIEA staff are assessing the situation to ascertain the cause of this event. The Loughs Agency would like to remind any anglers or members of the public that any dead fish encountered should not be removed from the river. Loughs Agency Read more...
  • Loughs Agency encourages membership of local water based clubs and associations at Foyle Maritime Festival

  • Loughs Agency have been a key partner in the Foyle Maritime Festival and driver of the on the water activity taking place over the maritime event.  The programme included sailing, canoeing, curraghs, rowing, angling, river tours to mention a few.   The Agency have engaged with local clubs and associations to put on a programme of activity that ensures the visitors and locals have the opportunitRead more...
  • Culinary countdown begins for Clipper Race Kitchens

  • Foodies will have tasted the best of continental cuisine at the Foyle Maritime Festival which is currently in full swing in Derry and, the culinary countdown is now underway for the Clipper Race Kitchens celebrating our best local produce which opens on Thursday, July 14th until Friday, July 17th, at Ebrington Square. Internationally renowned French chef Jean-Christophe NoRead more...
  • Free Sailing Sessions for Schools in the Carlingford Lough Catchment

  • The Loughs Agency has partnered with Carlingford Sail Training Centre to offer Sailing Tasters Sessions at the sailing club in Carlingford, County Louth.

    The Loughs Agency aim is to offer an introduction to sailing to young people who may not, otherwise, experience this exhilarating sport. This opportunity is being offered to post primary schools / colleges within the caRead more...
  • Foyle Maritime Festival – FREE River Safari’s

  • Bring your binoculars for a safari on the River Foyle in 12 seater canoes.  Paddling either the upper, middle and lower stretches of the river you will see and learn more about the local wildlife that depend on the river for food and shelter. Click here to book
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    • Sailing Competition: Win a place on a 1 day or 5 day sail!

    • As part of the Foyle Maritime Festival programme Loughs Agency are running 2 exciting competitions for young people to sail the seas! To enter, simply nominate someone you think would enjoy being a crew member on the beautiful Spirit of the Oysterhaven. Or why not nominate yourself?
    • School pupils reel in take home the prizes at the North West Angling Fair

    • Loughs Agency piloted their first River Day Camps with school groups from St Mary’s Primary School Strabane and Sion Mills Primary School, as part of the educational programme of the North West Angling Fair. School groups came to Loughs Agency to try a spot of fishing, hunt for invertebrates and create a piece of artwork inspired by a healthy river habitat
    • The Ark Officially Opens

    • Ark

      As the summer season approaches, The Ark, a new purpose built beach facility at Benone Strand has been officially opened.Read more...
    • Native Oyster Fishery Licences

    • Interested parties are invited to apply for a licence to fish the 2016/2017 Native Oyster fishery. Applicants will be required to submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the address listed below. All applications must be delivered in person by the applicant. Application forms are available here<Read more...
    • Recruiting for next Foyle Ambassador Project starting May 2016

    • We are now seeking the next cohort of The Foyle Ambassadors. This Programme is aimed at 14-17 year olds from the Derry~Londonderry area who are interested in the natural environment. The programme will run for 10 weeks starting 18th May through to July. On Wednesday evenings the Ambassadors meet at Loughs Agency HQ in Prehen to undertake personal development activities such as confidence buildiRead more...
    • Are you interested in a career in water sports?

    • Are you interested in a career in water sports? In conjunction with Kick Start to Work and Derry City and Strabane District Council, we are now recruiting over 18’s for the Maritime Ambassador Scheme, a 7 week skills programme starting in April. The programme is open to 18 – 65 year olds who are unemployed and not in education or training and living in the Derry City and Strabane District CounRead more...
    • 361 Illegal nets destroyed at Loughs Agency

    • 361 Illegal nets destroyed at Loughs Agency - Loughs Agency