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Illegal nets removed from the Foyle System

Illegal nets removed from the Foyle System

Date: 17/07/2020

Last weekend, Loughs Agency Fishery Officers seized a 150m long net in the River Foyle at an area known as Rosses Bay. This area is known to be an important holding water for salmon on their journey to the tributary rivers upstream. Protection of this area is vital to ensure salmon populations are sustainable. 28 salmon, 1 sea trout, 1 mullet and 1 flounder were found caught in the net.

Image: Loughs Agency Fishery Officers removing the net.

In a separate incident, another illegal net was seized on the Foyle after reports were received from a member of the public about suspicious activity near the river. The net showed signs of recent use, with fresh salmon scales visible. The net was seized and will be destroyed once a court order has been granted.  Loughs Agency would like to thank the member of the public who reported their concerns which resulted in a net being taken off the river before it could do any more damage to the fishery.

Image:  Seized net with fresh salmon scales

Loughs Agency would encourage the public to report suspicious activity directly and promptly using the 24hr Response Line Tel: +44 (0) 2871 342100 or through the WaterWatch reporting tool on our website.


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