Lough Neagh Pollan

Food Photography

The Lough Neagh Pollan is a glacial relict of an Alaskan-Siberian whitefish species and is not found anywhere in Western Europe outside of Ireland. Although they are found in 4 other locations in Ireland they are known to be extinct or in serious decline in those areas. The only remaining abundant population of Pollan is in Lough Neagh.


In February 2016 I joined the Pollan fishermen of Lough Neagh at Creggan on the shores of Lough Neagh to capture the journey of the famous fish from the net to the plate. In just a few hours, the catch was landed, sorted, filleted, cooked and presented. The result…delicious!

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The Lough Neagh Pollan photoshoot will show off this unique food product as part Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016, a celebration of everything delicious about this place. The epic landscapes, traditions and people that make our food heritage so unique. With 366 days of foodie experiences, there will be no better time for visitors to enjoy a true taste of Northern Ireland.

The Lough Neagh Pollan photoshoot was commissioned by Lough Neagh Fishermen’s Co-operative Society, Toomebridge. With grateful thanks to Cathy Chauhan for all logistics and catering for the assignment.