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Habitat Improvement Strategy

Loughs Agency’s Habitat Improvement Strategy aims to outline fisheries habitat improvements, highlight why they are needed and explain how they can be delivered effectively and efficiently.

A range of regional, national and international legislation exists to ensure that our aquatic habitats and species are protected, conserved and improved. The key drivers shaping Loughs Agency strategy are the Foyle Fisheries Acts (plus amendments), the EU Water Framework Directive and Habitats Directive, and the Convention for the Conservation of Salmon in the North Atlantic Ocean (visit

Our strategy covers all work associated with conserving, protecting or improving the abundance and distribution of wild salmon and trout in our freshwater catchments. Other flora and fauna also benefit from successful habitat improvements.

Modern living has affected most catchments in the British Isles, including those in Foyle and Carlingford. In many cases, this has been to the detriment of native fish and other species, and their habitats. However, habitat deterioration – whatever its cause – can be reversed through careful management.  The goals to be achieved are similar to those for wider river restoration and habitat enhancement programmes. Where possible, improvement proposals should complement natural processes.

Loughs Agency’s strategy document demonstrates our commitment to fisheries habitat improvements. It provides an overview of our policy for delivering effective, tailored habitat improvement projects.

If you belong to an organisation which is interested in protecting and improving local aquatic habitats and would consider developing a partnership approach, please contact

To learn more about habitat improvements, check out our Loughs Agency TV videos below:

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