Authorities to monitor eels in the Foyle again

A REPORT on eel stocks in the North West has recommended improved monitoring of fish in the River Foyle to make up for the absence of scientific analysis at present.

The North Western River Basin District Eel Management Plan (EMP) concludes that there was no information available on the current level of glass eel or elver and brown eel recruitment in the Foyle, Roe and Faughan regions.

River Foyle viewed from the Lifford/Strabane bridge

It also says there was little or no information on the level of silver eel stock in the Londonderry area although a private fishery on the Foyle once yielded several tonnes each year from fixed wing nets.