Inland Fisheries confirm second net found in Lough Oughter is authorised ESB net

Inland Fisheries have confirmed that a second net found in Lough Oughter is an authorised ESB net.

At the end of August Inland Fisheries began investigating reports of an illegal net in the lake measuring approximately 50 metres in length which has since been seized.

However, a second net was seen in the lake causing some confusion, but Inland fisheries Ireland have confirmed in a statement to northern sound news that this is an ESB contracted conservation eel Coghill net.

The function of this net is to conserve the eel stocks by actively trying to catch migrating silver eels at night to be transported downstream to ESB hydropower facilities.

They conclude their statement saying they operate an on-going protection programme, including surveillance operations.