Larne Lough

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Larne Lough is a sea lough situated on the east coast of Northern Ireland, enclosed to the east by the peninsula of Islandmagee. The main freshwater sources are Glynn and Larne rivers.

Characteristics

Volume
(millions m3)

Total area
(km2)
 

Maximum depth
(m)
 

Catchment area
(km2)
 

Temperature range
(C)
 

Mean salinity

Water residence time
(days)*
 

River flow
(m3 s-1)

27

8

13

115

4-18

33

7-19

3.2

* Calculated as the e-folding time using the Delft3D circulation model

Nutrients

Mean nutrient concentration (μmol l-1)

Nutrient load (ton year-1)

Ammonium

Nitrate

Phosphorus

Silicate

Nitrogen

Phosphorus

2.57

8.13

0.63

9

300

6

Aquaculture

Licensed sites

6

Total aquaculture area (km2)

0.9

Species

Mussels and oysters

 

Conservation
ASSI - Area of Special Scientific Interest
RAMSAR site
SPA - Special Protection Area
NNR National Nature Reserve
RSPB reserve

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