The Lighthouse Authority for Strangford Lough, comprising Ards Borough Council, Down District Council and the Department for Regional Development - Roads Service manage a system of aids to navigation which allows for the operation of the ferry, improved safety and boosts efforts to increase water based recreation for tourism and sport.
This year a new system of lights and marks showing safe passage to the Lough's main mooring areas was installed. They will appear on Admiralty Charts.
The work was funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Down Rural Area Partnership and by Ards Borough and Down District Councils, with both local authorities managing the new system through the Commissioner of Irish Lights.
The system is based on recommendations from the former Strangford Lough Management Advisory Committee, now the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership who worked for over a decade along with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to develop detailed proposals and encourage the relevant statutory authorities to carry out the work.
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