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The Loughs Agency is authorised to issue declarations under regulations relating to the conservation and protection of the Foyle and Carlingford fisheries. Declarations can be made on a range of issues specified in existing statutory instruments. These allow us to respond to dynamic risks to the fisheries. Among other things, declarations can be used to close a fishery, ban fishing, restrict opening times, and specify methods and times for taking fish.

Loughs Agency will publish these declarations in the local press and on our website in line with legislative requirements.


Recent Declarations

Published Effective

Declaration made under: Explanatory Note Declaration




The Foyle Area (Control of Fishing) Regulations 2010 Suspension of netting in the River Foyle, Lough Foyle and Seward of Lough Foyle and restriction to angling in the River Finn on catch and release basis only. Click to open in English

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

21 April 1926 to 8 September 2022