Loughs Agency conducts Water Framework Directive fish monitoring within the Foyle and Carlingford areas. This information is reported annually to the relevant national reporting authority in both jurisdictions. The information reported provides classifications for water bodies with surveillance monitoring stations and for water bodies covered by routine semi quantitative Salmon Management Plan monitoring within the Loughs Agency jurisdictions of the Foyle and Carlingford areas.
WFD compliant fish surveys at surveillance stations are required under national and European law. Annex V of the WFD outlines that rivers are included within monitoring programmes and that the composition abundance and age structure of fish fauna are examined.
A synopsis of targeted Water Framework Directive river fish sampling within the Foyle and Carlingford areas is provided within the Loughs Agency’s WFD annual report.