THE Loughs Agency has declined to say when the fish counter on the River Mourne will be cleared, after it was found to be blocked with dead wood and debris.
Despite repeated applications from this newspaper, no-one was available from the fisheries body to comment on the on-going disrepair of the counter, situated at Sion
However concerns were recently made about the deplorable state of the fish counter on the River Mourne. One angler said it has been over a year since the counter had been cleared.
According to the Loughs Agency website, the authority has been collecting data using the Logie 2100c fish counter that was first introduced as a management tool during 1996 on the River Faughan and Mourne. “The data is used to make decisions on managing the fishery and as a result of the accuracy of the Logie the agency has introduced them onto six other locations within the catchment areas,” the website explains.
More over, West Tyrone MLA, Maolíosa McHugh branded the state of the fish counter as “a disgrace.”
He said, “I have addressed this with the Lough’s Agency who indicate they will investigate immediately.”
Sion Mills fisherman Sean Curran remarked that this is the second fishing season that the counter has been in a poor state of repair.
He described it as “shocking stuff.”
Another fisherman, William Mealiff suggested the counter should be cleared twice a year.
“As far as I know, it’s supposed to be cleared twice a year but it hasn’t been touched for at least a year, as far as I know.”
He added, “The way that it is, it’s restricting how fish get up the river to spawn.
“It’s definitely not helping, that’s for sure.”
At the time of going to press, no-one from Loughs Agency was available for comment.