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 manage the effects the flood has had on the Foyle system.
rainbow trout survey on the Mourne
Loughs Agency carry out Rainbow Trout survey on the River Mourne
Loughs Agency are considering a variety of scientific methods that will aid the removal of fish and would encourage anglers who do not wish to consume the fish to hand them into Loughs Agency offices or passing Fisheries patrols so that the stomach contents can be analysed as part of the on-going monitoring progress, indicating exactly where the fish were caught.
The Agency has praised the efforts of anglers who are assisting with the removal of Rainbow Trout and reminds anglers that any fish removed from the river must be done so respectfully and promptly and if anyone needs advice on how to dispatch fish please contact Loughs Agency. We would also like to remind anglers to be safe around rivers, particularly fast flowing or deep watercourses. All anglers must have valid licence and permit to fish for Rainbow Trout. Again, if unsure, contact Loughs Agency.
One of the conditions of purchasing an angling licence is to make a return to the Loughs Agency on catches and fishing effort, particularly for salmon and trout. We would request anglers log into our elicence website (https://elicence.loughs-agency.org) and also make returns for Rainbow Trout. This will help monitor the number of Rainbow Trout being removed as well as their distribution.
The Agency will continue to provide updates on the situation via our website and social media channels. If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 02871342100