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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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Responsibilities

Functions

The functions of the Loughs Agency are set out in North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (NI) Order 1999, the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999, the Foyle Fisheries Act (NI) 1952 (as amended) and the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952 (as amended). These are as follows:

  • The promotion of development of Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough for commercial and recreational purposes in respect of marine, fishery and aquaculture matters;
  • The management, conservation, protection, improvement and development of the inland fisheries of the Foyle and Carlingford Areas;
  • The development and licensing of aquaculture;
  • The development of marine tourism.

Areas of Responsibilities

The Loughs Agency is responsible for exercising the above functions in the Foyle Area and the Carlingford Area.

The Foyle Area is:

  1. the whole of the sea along the coast between low water line of the northern most point of the Malin Head in the County of Donegal and the low water line at the sea point of the boundary between the townlands of Downhill and Drumnagally in the County of Londonderry; and the area seaward of Lough Foyle extending 12 nautical miles from the low water mark, any island or rocks within the same, with the whole of the tideway along the coast and;
  2. the whole of all the lakes, rivers and their tributaries which flow into the sea within the area defined in para (a) above and all the land catchment from which water drains into those lakes and rivers.

The Carlingford Area is:

(a)The whole of the sea along the coast between the low water line of the southerly point of Cranfield Point in the County of Down and the low water line of the most easterly point of the Ballaghan Point in the County of Louth, and within a straight line between those points, and any islands or rocks within the same, with the whole of the tideway along the said coast: and

(b)the whole of all lakes, rivers and their tributaries which flow into the sea within the area defined in para (a) above and all the land catchment from which water drains into those lakes and rivers.