A Strategic Review of Angling in Northern Ireland

The Strategic Review of Angling in Northern Ireland (NI) report was published in 2013.

The Strategic Review of Angling in Northern Ireland (NI) report was commissioned and advised by a steering group comprised of the following organisations:

  • Sport Northern Ireland (Sport NI)
  • Tourism Northern Ireland (TNI) formerly the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB)
  • Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) formerly the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure Inland Fisheries (DCAL)
  • Loughs Agency
  • The Ulster Angling Federation
  • The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers Ulster Provincial Council
  • The National Coarse Fishing Federation – Ulster Provincial Council

The review provided information on the scale and characteristics of participation in angling in Northern Ireland in 2013 and identifies the opportunities and constraints to further development. It provided detailed information on the issues and challenges that needed to be overcome to realise the potential of Northern Ireland to be a place where angling can be enjoyed by all, contribute to the delivery of healthy lifestyles and be a key economic driver through tourism visits.

In this review, angling refers to game, coarse and sea fish species but does not include commercial inland or sea fisheries.

The review analysed the existing situation in angling and made a series of key recommendations which were developed with stakeholders through a participative consultation process.

The NI Angling Forum consisting of key angling stakeholders meet on a regular basis to review and take forward the recommendations of this review.

Update 2016

An update on developments of the Strategic Review was published in 2016.


The final copies of the Strategic Review, Executive Summary and Update of the Review 2016 can be viewed here.

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