Inland Fisheries Responsibilities
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Inland Fisheries is responsible, under the provisions of the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966, for the salmon and inland fisheries of Northern Ireland. In accordance with the Fisheries Act, DAERA has powers for the supervision and protection of fisheries and for fostering the establishment and development of fisheries.
It provides advice and guidance on matters relating to the conservation, protection, development and promotion of salmon and inland fisheries (excluding the Loughs Agency areas of Foyle and Carlingford) to angling clubs, fishery owners, and a range of other water users and interested parties.
Public Angling Estate (PAE)
DAERA also has the power under the Fisheries Act to acquire and improve facilities for angling for local and visiting anglers. Inland Fisheries are responsible for the management and development of Northern Ireland’s Public Angling Estate (PAE) which has over 90 waters (including both lakes and rivers) where it owns or leases the fishing rights for those waters. An annual Programme of work is in place to maintain and develop facilities for anglers at these sites. There are some waters in the PAE where DAERA has management agreements in place with angling clubs or community groups to manage the fishery on their behalf.
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Promotion of Angling
Promotion of angling is also carried out by Inland Fisheries and this includes the promotion of angling in Northern Ireland, the PAE waters and stakeholder engagement.
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Conservation and Protection
DAERA in cooperation with Loughs Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), aims to ensure sustainable management of the fishery resource. For more information on conservation protection visit link below:
Contact Details for General EnquiresInland Fisheries (Headquarters)
During office hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm:
Phone: 0300 200 7860
Outside Northern Ireland and UK:
Phone: +44 28 9151 3101
Contact Details for Enquires Regarding Angling and Commercial Fishing Licences and Permits onlyInland Fisheries
1 Mahon Road
During office hours Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm:
Phone: 028 38397217 or 028 3839 7215
Outside Northern Ireland and UK:
Phone: +44 28 3839 7216 or +44 28 3839 7215
Contact Details for Reporting Illegal Fishing Activity
If you suspect someone is involved in an illegal fishing incident or you have witnessed an incident, please complete the following Inland Fisheries – Information Report Form:
The completed form can be submitted electronically to: InlandFisheries.Enforcement@daera-ni.gov.uk
Give as much information as you can about the incident your reporting.
You can make this report anonymously – you do not have to give your name or contact details unless you want to.
What you need to know
What happens after you report someone?
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Inland Fisheries falls under the Environment, Marine and Fisheries Group (EMFG)
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Environment, Marine and Fisheries Group (EMFG) Inland Fisheries will look at the information you give. They will not be able to tell you the outcome of their investigation.
DAERA Inland Fisheries will only take action if they find the incident reported is a suspected breach of the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966 and associated regulations.
Other ways to report an incident
You can also report an incident by the following:
Outside office hours, or in an emergency, contact the hotline number:
Phone: 0800 807 060
During normal working hours Monday to Friday (9am to 4pm)
Phone: 028 3839 7203 / 7215 / 7216 / 7208
Contact Details for Pollution
If there has been pollution or a fish kill, contact the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) pollution hotline.
Phone: 0800 80 70 60
Please note email reporting is only checked during office hours.