Conditions of sale
1. A Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) rod licence is issued in line with the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 and in regulations made under the act and anglers should make themselves aware of these.
2. A rod licence is valid only for the period recorded when you buy it. This period will be on your email confirmation or receipt.
3. The rod licence is issued by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) as an authority to fish. It does not purport to give rights to fish in any particular waters. The holder of the licence must make sure that they have the permission of the fishery owner. The holder of a game rod licence must make sure that such waters are open to fishing.
4. The holder of a coarse rod licence is authorised to fish for, by rod and line or hand line, all species of freshwater fish (as defined by the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966) other than brown trout and rainbow trout, on waters that have been designated by the DAERA as coarse fisheries waters.
5. Any salmon, sea trout, brown trout or rainbow trout inadvertently caught by the holder of a coarse rod licence must be immediately returned unharmed to the waters from which they were taken.
7. Game rod licence holders are legally required to make a catch return for salmon and sea trout. However, all anglers, game and coarse will be contacted by the DAERA to encourage catch returns for other species as well.
8. A DAERA permit is valid only for DAERA Fisheries. The permit holder must also be aware of all the department’s angling regulations for fishing including, season, minimum takeable size and bag limits.
9. The holder must provide such information about their angling activities on departmental waters as the department or any authorised person may require.
10. The department reserves the right to close any of its angling waters should this become necessary for management or other purposes and in such an event no refund can be paid to the holders of departmental permits.
13. A DAERA permit may be forfeited at the discretion of DAERA should the holder break the rules.
The main angling regulations can be found at:
A full copy of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 and the other relevant legislation can be found at the links below:
- Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966
- Fisheries Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014
- Public Angling Estate Byelaws (Northern Ireland) 2005
Angling rod licence / permit and River Bush day tickets - refund policy
1. All refund application requests or purchase issues should be directed to DAERA Inland Fisheries - contact details below. Note that angling licence and permit distributors cannot authorise licence or permit refunds.
2. The last day to ask for a standard refund will be two working days in advance of the day the specified licence/permit starts and the request must be made before 5.00 pm. Once a licence/permit goes live (on start date) no refund will be issued. For example, if the start day is Wednesday, then the refund request needs to be made before 5.00pm on the Monday.
3 .The last day to ask for a refund for a River Bush day ticket will be two working days in advance of the day the specified day ticket starts - and the request must be made before 5.00 pm. In the first instance, the day ticket may be transferred to another date subject to availability, or a refund will be given. Once a day ticket is live (on start date) no refund will be issued.
4. In the event that the department closes a stretch of the River Bush fishery due to health and safety reasons, the day ticket bought may be transferred to another date subject to availability, or a refund can be given on request from the customer.