Report illegal fishing or make a complaint

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) encourages genuine licence and permit holders, and the public, to help protect fisheries by reporting illegal activity and pollution incidents. By reporting these incidents you are helping to improve and protect angling for the future.

Illegal activity

DAERA bailiffs often detect illegal activity based on information supplied by the public. Dates, times, locations, vehicle registrations and descriptions of offenders help bailiffs' investigations.

If you know about or suspect illegal fishing, you should contact DAERA Inland Fisheries

  • telephone: 0300 200 7860

Outside office hours, or in an emergency, contact the hotline number:

  • telephone: 0800 807 060


DAERA Fisheries Protection Officers arrest and prosecute those fishing illegally in Northern Ireland inland waters.

To prevent illegal angling, they monitor all waters. The annual prosecutions report for 2016 and 2017 reported that:

  • 26 people were convicted
  • most of the convictions were for unauthorised entry on several fisheries and unlicensed fishing 
  • fines totalled £3,100.00
  • costs for any damage on top of the fines totalled £3,802.00

Pollution incidents

If there has been pollution or a fish kill, contact the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) pollution hotline.

  • telephone: 0800 807 060

Enquiries, complaints and compliments

If you have any enquiries, complaints or compliments, contact DAERA Inland Fisheries.

Everything you need to go fishing

Everything you need to know about fishing in Northern Ireland can be found at the link below including where to buy rod licences and permits, fish stocking figures and more:



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