Developing Angling in Northern Ireland

Developing the sport of angling has the potential to improve people’s lives, promote Northern Ireland as a tourist attraction to welcome visitors, create jobs and contribute to growing the economy.

A report to examine the social and economic impact of recreational fishing (coarse, game and sea angling) in Northern Ireland and areas within the Loughs Agency which are in the Republic of Ireland was published in 2007.

The report was commissioned by the following organisations:

  • Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) formerly the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure Inland Fisheries (DCAL)
  • Tourism Northern Ireland (TNI) formerly the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB)
  • Loughs Agency
  • Irish Lights Commission

The main objective of this study was to identify the current and potential social and economic contribution of fisheries, angling, angling resources and angling tourism to Northern Ireland.

Fish in net Angling has a key role to play in promoting tourism and contributing to economic prosperity in Northern Ireland.

Angling also has many social, health and educational benefits providing access to sport and outdoor recreation.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in partnership with the Loughs Agency  and Tourism Northern Ireland commissioned consultants to deliver a report on the social and economic impact to NI and the Loughs Agency area of Recreational fisheries, angling and angling resources. The Report can be reviewed here.

The Strategic Review of Angling in Northern Ireland 2013 can be viewed here.

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