When you need a licence
There is no requirement to have a rod licence for sea angling, except when fishing for or taking salmon or sea trout.
When sea fishing for salmon or sea trout, a game rod licence is required by law for each game fishing rod:
- used by anyone over 12 years of age who's fishing in the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs' (DAERA) public fishing area
- used by all ages in the Loughs Agency fishing area
Game rod licence prices
Buy rod licence, permit
Catch and release
All salmon and sea trout caught in the DAERA fishing area and in the sea, must be returned unharmed to the water.
At the end of the fishing season, complete the DAERA angling catch return form with details of any salmon and sea trout caught and released in the DAERA fishing area. This information helps to manage fish stocks.
Illegal to sell rod caught salmon
It is illegal to sell rod caught salmon in the DAERA area. The ban is a conservation measure to protect wild Atlantic salmon stocks and brings Northern Ireland into line with Ireland and Britain where the ban already exists.
More on sea angling
For more information on sea angling, visit the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers' website.