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Loughs Agency launches Public Consultation for Angling and Fisheries Improvement in Foyle and Carlingford

Loughs Agency launches Public Consultation for Angling and Fisheries Improvement in Foyle and Carlingford

Date: 15/03/2023

A public consultation on Loughs Agency’s angling and fisheries improvement strategy and action plans for Foyle and Carlingford has been launched.

The consultation, which will run for a period of eight weeks, will provide members of the public with the opportunity to share their thoughts on the Agency’s plans for improving angling and fisheries products in the catchment areas.

Three informative, data-led documents have been drafted by Loughs Agency, which aim to provide a baseline for how best to implement changes that will have a real and lasting impact on angling and fisheries in the coming years. These documents are the Fisheries and Angling Improvement Strategy for Foyle and Carlingford 2022-2030; Angling Action Plan for Foyle and Carlingford 2022-2030; and Fisheries Improvement Action Plan for Foyle and Carlingford 2022-2030.

A stakeholder consultation process was held in late 2022, which provided angling clubs and members of the angling community with an early chance to have their say. This feedback has since been incorporated into the latest drafts.

Loughs Agency will be holding a series of information sessions throughout the catchment areas in April. Agency staff will be present at these to answer questions on the documents, while also assisting with the feedback process. The sessions will take place as follows:

  • Loughs Agency HQ, Prehen, Monday 17th April from 6pm-9pm
  • Mellon Country Inn, Omagh, Tuesday 18th April from 6pm-9pm
  • Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey, Monday 24th April from 6pm-9pm
  • Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Tuesday 25th April from 6pm-9pm

Alternatively, those interested in having their say on these strategy documents can do so in their own time by completing the survey, which can be found on Loughs Agency’s website. The documents themselves can also be found on the website.

Sharon McMahon, Loughs Agency CEO, commented: “This public consultation will allow us to ensure all views are taken into consideration as we aim to deliver an outcome-orientated approach to fisheries and angling improvement.

“The feedback obtained from this process will help in the development of a clear strategic pathway, ensuring that these resources are improved for all.

“I would like to thank the Agency staff who have contributed to developing these documents with a focus on knowledge, stewardship and sustainability. This work will help in the delivery of meaningful changes to fisheries and angling in Foyle and Carlingford.”

The draft documents and link to the survey can be found on the Consultations section of the website here.

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