Tasty Tour at Lough Neagh Fishermen's Visitor Centre
Jun 21 2019 - Oct 25 2019
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Lough Neagh Fishermen's Co-operative, 4 Bannside, Toomebridge, County Antrim,
Ms Cathy Chauhan
T: (028) 7965 0618
From mythical tales to epic migrations, this tour provides a true feel for fishing on Lough Neagh.
This guided tour around Lough Neagh Fisheries Visitor Centre includes a bespoke opportunity to have a short tour of the factory. You can experience the intake and grading of live eel and have an opportunity to hold an eel. You will see a range of the other Lough Neagh fish such as Pollan and Dollaghan, when in season.
On the tour you will hear a range of mythical tales including the formation of the lough by Fionn Mac Cumhail and how St Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, turning them into eels. You will become familiar with the history of fishing on Lough Neagh, from Mesolithic Man to the formation of LNFCS and get an overview of the sustainable management and the different types of fishing on Lough Neagh.
Be prepared to be amazed at the epic migration of Lough Neagh Eel. With one of the longest migrations known to man, Lough Neagh eel make this journey twice in its lifetime. The origins of Lough Neagh Pollan spans time and space - the forefathers of pollan (Artic Siberian relatives) evolved to exist in the temperate waters of Lough Neagh after the last Ice Age. With an array of artefacts, images and science specimens, visitors get a true feel for the species, the fishing industry as well as the fishermen that catch them.
Saving the best to last, you will get to enjoy smoked eel tasters and discover why Lough Neagh Eel and Lough Neagh Pollan have been awarded Protected Food Name status by the EU Commission.
Tours take place on Friday 26th July, Friday 30th August, Friday 25th October.