Ours to Protect – NorTrack & Inishowen Rivers Trust 20/02/24

Highland Radio are delighted to partner with Coimisiún na Meán in launching a new series dealing with various topics on sustainability.

Donna-Marie Doherty of Highland Radio will have a weekly feature on Tuesdays at 12:30 covering a real mix of different topics and interviews with businesses and experts who have a common interest on expertise in sustainability.

Coimisiún na Meán stated; ‘”Ours to Protect”, is a unique and exciting audio project – a collaboration of local and regional broadcasters from across the country who have come together to tackle climate change, champion climate action, and inform and educate audiences all over Ireland about how they can make a difference.’

This week Highland Radio spoke to Ross McGill from Loughs Agency & Sean Toland from the Inishowen Rivers Trust.

Did you know?


Loughs Agency are leading NorTrack, a €1.6 million european project surrounding the tracking of aquatic animals. (Loughs Agency)

This is called Telemetry:

The NorTrack technology will be able to determine survival rates of species, track movements and see where species are being lost (it can even tell when a fish has been eaten!) (Loughs Agency)


The Inishowen River Trust has taken part in a TG4 Documentary to Air on Wednesday the 21st of February at 9:30pm. If you missed it you can watch it HERE.

Short duration, high intensity rainfall is becoming more prevalent in Ireland and coastal counties including Donegal, and it causes the issue of flooding. (Mét Eireann).

Why it’s important!


Irish Native Species such as Wild Atlantic Salmon and European eel that are at risk of disappearing are of interest in the NorTrack project. More data on these species means more can be done in terms of conservation.


Human activity is a leading cause of flooding.

The more drainage that is put in upstream (human activity), the more flooding that happens downstream where towns and villages are. 

Inishowen Rivers Trust are doing a Natural Drainage Project in the town of Clonmany, in a bid to use nature based solutions for flooding  (IRT).

They are using Leaky Dams :

Learn more:

Inishowen Rivers Trust Website 

Loughs Agency Website


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