Everything you need to know about a fishing licence in Northern Ireland

Everything you need to know about a fishing licence in Northern Ireland

Fishing is a popular recreational activity for many people in Northern Ireland. However, itís a good idea to make sure and follow any local laws and regulations to ensure the safety of the fish population and also to avoid any penalties . So whether youíre a seasoned angler or just starting out, itís important to understand when a fishing licence is required.

Below we have outlined some basic information about a fishing licence and how and where you can get one.

When is a fishing licence needed in Northern Ireland?

A fishing licence is required to fish for salmon, sea trout, and freshwater fish in Northern Ireland. The licence is valid for one season, which runs from 1st January to 31st December each year.

In addition to a fishing licence, anglers are required to obtain a permit to fish in specific rivers or lakes. These permits are issued by the Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and are available for purchase from local angling clubs, tackle shops, or online.

There are some exemptions to the fishing licence requirement. Anglers under the age of 12 do not need a licence or permit, and anglers aged 12-16 may fish for free but require a permit. Anglers over the age of 65 may also be eligible for a free or reduced-cost licence.

Getting your fishing licence

As mentioned above, fishing licences and permits can be purchased from DAERA, local angling clubs, tackle shops, or online. The cost of a fishing licence varies depending on the duration of the licence and the type of fishing you will be doing.

To obtain a fishing licence, you will need to provide some basic personal information, such as your name, address, and date of birth. You may also need to provide information about the type of fishing you plan to do, the location where you will be fishing, and the type of fish you plan to catch.

What if you donít have a fishing licence?

Fishing without a licence or permit in Northern Ireland is illegal and can result in a fine of up to £2,500 or prosecution. In addition to legal penalties, fishing without a licence can also prove harmful to the fish populations that we have here and the environment.

By obtaining a fishing licence and following local regulations, you are helping to ensure the sustainability of the fish population and supporting conservation efforts.

Itís also important to remember that every region and country will have their own laws and regulations around fishing and fishing licences so please ensure you check with your own local authorities.