Lough Foyle

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Lough foyle is the most northern of the five sea loughs around the coastline of Ireland. It is a cross-border water body, which straddles the international border between Northern Ireland (N.I.) and Republic of Ireland. The main freshwater sources are Foyle, Faughan and Roe 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)
 

752

186

19

3 700
(75% in N.I.)
 

2-20

21

4-30

Foyle: 90
Faughan:7
Roe: 8

Nutrients

Mean nutrient concentration (μmol l-1)

Nutrient load (ton year-1)

Ammonium

Nitrate

Phosphorus

Silicate

Nitrogen

Phosphorus

5

51

1

20

5 872

292

Aquaculture

Licensed sites

No licensing

Total aquaculture area (km2)

Aquaculture sites cover about 50% of the seabed.

Species

Mussels and oysters

 

Conservation
ASSI - Area of Special Scientific Interest
RAMSAR site
SPA - Special Protection Area
SAC Special Area of Conservation

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