Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met representatives of the Lough Neagh eel fisheries to discuss opportunities to develop the industry.
Ms Anderson said;
“I met today with representatives of the Lough Neagh eel fisheries, the largest of its kind in Europe, to discuss their concerns about support for the inshore fishing industry.
“While in the North eel consumption is still quite low, eels produced in Lough Neagh are highly sought after in other countries.
“The eel fishing industry is vital to rural communities around Lough Neagh and provides much-needed employment in the area.
“While in recent years greater efforts have been made to support and develop the eel fishing industry, more work is needed to help the industry to identify new markets and to make it easier to export eels to countries outside the EU.
“At present there are issues around the stocking of Lough Neagh and the transportation of live eels and I will be raising these matters at a European level.
“Lough Neagh eels are something we can all be proud of and I look forward to continuing to work with the industry to ensure its growth and development.”