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Wild Eel Fishery

One of Northern Ireland’s
truly indigenous industries.

Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative has been amongst the fore runners of wild eel producers for decades and is recognised as the largest producer of wild caught eels in Europe, producing around 400 tonnes of eels annually.


We are a Co-operative, protecting the livelihood of fishermen and building a sustainable, viable future for eel fishing on Lough Neagh. Lough Neagh eels are mainly shipped to Holland (for smoking) and Billingsgate, London (for production of jellied eels). The remainder are processed in house for local sales and restaurant trade. Eel fishing season runs from May to Nov/Dec, so fresh eels can be purchased during this time.


Strict conservation policies are in place to protect Lough Neagh eel stock levels, including measures such as:

  • - Quotas for fishermen
  • - Limits on the number of fishing licences issued
  • - Restocking programme
  • - Participation in scientific study & research


'Lough Neagh Eel' was awarded PGI in 2011. This award recognises the heritage, tradition & authenticity of the best quality eels available in Europe.


Continue to promote the installation of the purpose built processing area, built 2013/2014. The launch of a Northern Irish smoked eel product in 2015. Expansion of EU & home markets for fresh & smoked eels

For more information or to place orders, please contact us on or 028 7965 0618.