Loughs Agency was delighted to welcome Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, to our zone at the Foyle Maritime Festival in July.
The Minister was able to spend some time with the staff and experience our brand new 'Marine Machine', which featured a critters' pond, biodiversity area and a life-size basking shark. Among the critters were crabs and a lobster, while the biodiversity area highlighted some of the hidden hazards that can be found within our catchments and beyond.
Loughs Agency was also excited to debut a VR Experience at the Foyle Maritime Festival. The short video took users on a journey along the River Foyle past the Craigavon and Peace Bridges before diving underwater where the famous 'Dopey Dick' whale and a basking shark awaited.
Minister McConalogue said: “I had great pleasure visiting the Foyle Maritime Festival and had the opportunity to attend the Loughs Agency zone at the Festival and meet the team. The Marine Machine and VR Experience are very impressive in promoting the importance of conservation and development of the fisheries and marine resources of the Foyle and Carlingford catchments. It was great to see the family-focused activities provided by Loughs Agency based on the River Foyle, ensuring enjoyment for the whole family.”
Loughs Agency Interim CEO Sharon McMahon added: "Firstly, on behalf of the Agency I'd like to extend a huge thank you to the Minister for taking the time to come and visit our zone. It was a great opportunity to showcase our contribution to the Foyle Maritime Festival and we thoroughly enjoyed having Mr McConalogue as our guest.
"It was also brilliant to be able to highlight our ongoing work in providing sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits through the effective conservation, management, promotion and development of the fisheries and marine resources of the Foyle and Carlingford areas. The Marine Machine and VR experience are just the latest in a long line of projects for Loughs Agency, particularly when it comes to promoting positive biodiversity."
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