Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Move to protect fishing river

One of the north-west’s finest fishing rivers is in line for European protection in a move aimed at boosting numbers of threatened Atlantic salmon.

Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has just approved an application to the European Commission which would see the River Faughan and some of its tributaries protected as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for Atlantic Salmon.

Northern Ireland is required under the Habitats Directive to protect rivers holding important stocks of salmon, which are in decline across Europe. The river will join 52 other SACs across the country, covering 66,000 hectares of wetlands, woodlands, peatlands and mountain areas.

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