While it is true that Lough Swilly was invaded by a fleet of large herring fishing vessels in very recent times the same cannot be said in relation to Lough Foyle.
The photo posted in the article below refers to the Shasleah, a proper inshore fishing vessel of 12 metres length. The fact that a small quantity of herring were on the deck does not, in any way, constitute it being ' overladen '.
The most important question that has not been addressed is the ownership of Lough Foyle i.e. Sea-bed, Foreshore, Waters and the Fisheries.
In 1952 the Irish Govt and the UK Govt bought Only the Salmon Fishery from the Irish Society and thereby set a precedent for the ownership of the other fisheries i.e. Herring, Mackerel etc, etc that are still within the waters of the lough.
It is premature to claim ownership of something part of which you are already known to have paid for.
It makes you more of a tenant than an owner.
➽ Enda Craig is spokesperson for Lough Foyle group, Community For A Clean Estuary.