Published Wednesday, 18 July 2012
The Glens of Antrim is a popular salmon fishing destination. (© Pacemaker)
In the last year, New Season Comber Potatoes, Lough Neagh Eels and Armagh Bramley Apples have all been awarded the prestigious Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
The status is used to safeguard the origin of the product and to preserve cultural traditions.
Granting 'Irish salmon' intellectual property protection would mean that this name could only be used by producers of the product within the specified region.
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill said that this is the first all Ireland application for protected name status for a food product.
"My Department has worked closely with the Department of Agriculture Food and The Marine (DAFM) to get the application to this stage.
"A product, such as the Irish Salmon, receiving PGI registration would be good news for the agri food sector and would help local suppliers to market the product domestically and further afield, and would also provide protection against imitation."
The 12 week consultation period ends on 9 October.