As well as routine fisheries monitoring, Loughs Agency carries out reactive surveys to collect information about specific issues and challenges.
In recent years, we have conducted reactive monitoring in response to a pollution incident, major flooding and a rainbow trout escape.
In August 2017, areas of the Foyle catchment experienced unprecedented rainfall and flooding. Landslides in the uplands moved huge quantities of silt, peat, debris and other materials onto the floodplains. Bridges were swept away and extensive damage was caused to housing, roads, agricultural land and other important infrastructure.
Continuing climate change means such events may become more common. Changes must be made to minimise their impact. Giving rivers space, reconnecting them to their historic floodplains, and planting native trees in our uplands and riparian corridors are essential responses.
Loughs Agency’s partnerships with the Woodland Trust and other non-statutory and statutory bodies are now more relevant than ever.
A significant number of rainbow trout escaped from a fish farm during the 2017 floods. We launched a co-ordinated response which included: