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Appeal to Reject Suspect Salmon Offered for Sale

A joint appeal is being made by the Ulster Angling Federation and the Loughs Agency for householders and businesses to reject salmon that are being offered for sale door-to-door in the Foyle catchment area, as they may be the result of poaching. 

With wild salmon stocks at an all-time low, fishery conservationists are asking people not to buy salmon being offered for sale on their doorstep. These may well be the product of illegal fishing and therefore represent a significant threat to the future well-being of salmon stocks in the Foyle area. Salmon which have been legally caught in the Foyle area will have the proper black plastic tag with a number commencing with “FFA”, attached through the gill and mouth. However the public must be aware that it is a criminal offence to offer for sale, or purchase any such wild salmon that have been caught in the Foyle catchment.

All salmon without a tag are illegal and fish that may be offered headless or filleted should also be rejected in order to help protect our native wild salmon stocks. In addition, there are reports that inferior farmed salmon are being offered for sale as wild fish. All this raises substantial issues of poor hygiene, improper storage, and food health and safety of these suspect Salmon being offered for sale.

Anglers and the Loughs Agency are working very hard in many ways to conserve our salmon stocks for the benefit of the community and to ensure the long-term survival of the king of fish. Continued vigilance is needed against the trade in illegal salmon so we hope that the good sense of householders and business people will prevail, and that salmon will be allowed to run our local rivers unhindered allowing succeeding generations to appreciate the beauty of this most wonderful of fish.


Please contact The Loughs Agency to report any illegal fishing activity using the 24hr response line telephone number Tel:              (NI)           028 7134 2100

                        (RoI)   0044 28 7134 2100

If you wish to report an incident of pollution or illegal fishing please provide detailed information on the location, your observations, when you made your observations and also leave your telephone number. During normal office hours, your call will be answered by Loughs Agency staff. Outside normal office hours, your call will be dealt with through our automated telephone system.

Outside office hours and upon connection you will be advised to press 1 for emergencies that require immediate attention where you will be transferred to the duty Inspector. For non emergencies you will asked to press 2 to leave a message which will be picked up the following morning (or Monday if reported over the weekend).


Statement ends.


Contacts for Press for information;


Loughs Agency: John McCartney                   028 7134 2100



Ulster Angling Federation: Jim Haughey       078 5038 9831          


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