Inland Fisheries Legislation

The Fisheries Act (NI) 1966.

This is the main piece of legislation which underpins DAERA’s overall responsibilities with regard to Inland Fisheries (please note that the Act also describes powers with regard to Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture which also form a separate part of DAERA’s responsibilities):
Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 (legislation.gov.uk)

There are also a number of Regulations which further regulate inland fishing activity.

The Fisheries Regulations (N.I.) 2014

These regulate angling and commercial activity and describe licencing requirements, restrictions on methods of fishing and fishing equipment, takeable size of fish and close seasons. (N.B. These Regulations were amended in 2005 and so should always be read in conjunction with any subsequent amending Regulations).

The Eel Fishing Regulations (N.I.) 2010

These describe permitted methods of eel fishing, takeable size of eels and close seasons. (N.B. These Regulations were amended in 2011 and so should always be read in conjunction with any subsequent amending Regulations).

The Public Angling Estate Byelaws (N.I.) 2005

DAERA also manages (directly or in-directly) 90 publicly available fisheries and the permitted methods on such waters are governed through these Byelaws (N.B. These Byelaws were amended in 2006 and so should always be read in conjunction with any subsequent amending Byelaws).

A link to all of these documents can be found here.

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