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Co-operative Alternatives aims to develop and support a strong co-op movement connected across the island of Ireland and doing business in a fair, just and ethical way. We are Northern Ireland’s leading co-operative development agency offering high quality support and expert knowledge to existing and emerging co-operatives.

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Co-op of the Month

May 2017
Lough Neagh eels

Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative

Wild Eel Fishery: supporting local workers, conservation and sustainability

Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative Society Ltd. (LNFCS) manages the eel fishing rights on Lough Neagh which is home to the largest wild eel fishery in Europe, marketing approximately 350 tonne’s annually. The co-op also now owns the fishing rights to other species found in the lough which are collectively known as ‘scale fish’ and includes pollan, perch, roach, trout, bream and pike.


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Diversity, drive and community: co-op ethos shines through on NI study tour

The sun blazed down on a glorious spring day at the Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative as a large group of people peered into the River Bann and heard about how… Read more

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Award-winning Craft beer, expertly refurbished bikes, delicious organic bread and much sought after Lough Neagh eels – what do they have in common? They are all products of successful co-operatives… Read more