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Projects – marine tourism and angling

The objectives of the INTERREG Project are to:

Develop boating access infrastructure
Provide facilities for beach visitors
Deliver environmental education and interpretation
Raise visitor awareness of the marine environment
Enhance habitat and develop angling infrastructure
Design and deliver tourism, marine safety and boat use training, allied with cluster development
Develop e-commerce based licensing system for the angling sector

The Loughs Agency are advancing the following projects to meet the above objectives.

Foyle Marina

This is an amalgam of two elements – the Marine Event Platform (or pontoon) and City Centre Cruise Ship Berth. Working in partnership with the Loughs Agency, Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners completed these two elements on the River Foyle in the centre of Derry in June 2012.

The official opening of the Foyle Marina¬†took place on Friday 23rd November 2012. The Marina was opened by Mr Paul Brush head of DETI’s European Support. Other speakers at the event included Tarlach O Crosain (Loughs Agency), Mr Brian McGrath (Chief executive of Foyle Port), Lorraine McCourt (SEUPB) and Sam Parker (Clipper Ventures).

Backwater River Foyle

This project will provide exemplar angler access to the River Foyle. Works will include stiles, fencing, and in-stream habitat work.

Benone Strand Beach Activity Centre

Limavady Borough Council are the project partner at Benone. The project includes toilets and changing facilities, shelter, board walk across dunes and SuDS car parking. The project aims to allow better management of visitors in this dune and beach habitat.

Mellon Beat, River Strule

This project will enhance the habitat and develop the angling infrastructure on the Mellon Beat on the River Strule, near Omagh. Work will include fencing, stiles, in-stream habitat work and car parking.

Malin Head, County Donegal

Malin Head, the most northerly point on the Irish mainland, is located on the Inishowen Peninsula in a part of Donegal which is famous for its rugged coastal scenery and lovely beaches. The area boasts spectacular scenery, has a rich maritime heritage and is of geological and environmental importance. Working in partnership with Donegal County Council, this project seeks to sensitively deliver environmental education and interpretation at Malin Head. The project aims to establish a footpath and a viewing platform, as well as passing places on the narrow access road.

Gribben Quay, River Foyle

The Gribben Quay project is located on the River Foyle, near Bready, Strabane. Gribben Quay is on the eastern shore of the River Foyle (County Tyrone), located 2km from Bready and St Johnston (on the Donegal bank of the Foyle). It lies almost half way between the population centres of Londonderry and Strabane/Lifford. The project will offer managed access to the River Foyle, aiding sustainable development of this natural resource. Facilities will include a slipway, jetty and small car park.