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Fishing permits and licence fees for 2011

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) today announced the fishing permits and licence fees for 2011.
Friday, 10 December 2010

A Departmental spokesperson said “The cost of fishing licences for 2011 will remain the same as previous years. Fishing permits will show a modest increase in line with inflation and will include the new VAT rate of 20%. With over 60 waters in the Public Angling Estate, fishing permits represent very good value for money for anglers. There are a range of loughs, rivers and canals to choose from across Northern Ireland which offer game and coarse fishing, with many of the game waters being regularly stocked with takeable fish throughout the angling season.”

The Department is encouraging all fishermen and women to ensure that they have a rod licence and the correct permit to fish. DCAL Fisheries Protection Officers regularly patrol all the waters in the Public Angling Estate and non DCAL waters. Anyone found to be fishing illegally will have their equipment seized and will be reported with a view to prosecution.

Licences and permits are available from a network of distributors across Northern Ireland and you can find details of distributors in your area at:http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

For your convenience NIDirect also provides an online purchase facility for fishing licences and permits, in addition to a wide range of information and transactions from all Northern Ireland Government Department and agencies.

Notes to editors

1. Log onto NI Direct to buy your fishing permit/licence. Government information is all in one place on NIDirect and it is easy to understand.

2. Since the 1st June 2009, fishing licence administration in Northern Ireland has become the direct responsibility of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, following the abolition of the Fisheries Conservancy Board. The administration of licences however does not extend to the Foyle and Carlingford catchment areas, which are the responsibility of the Loughs Agency, which sets licence duties for fishing in those areas.

3. The cost of fishing licences for 2011 is unchanged from 2010 prices

2011 licence prices

Game Rod Licence (Season) £17.00

Coarse Rod Licence (Season) 2 Rods £17.00

Game Rod Licence (Season) Senior Citizen £5.00

Coarse Rod Licence (Season) Senior Citizen 2 Rods £5.00

Game Rod Licence (Season) Juvenile (12-18 yrs) £2.00

Coarse Rod Licence (Season) 2 Rods Juvenile (12-18 yrs) £2.00

Game Rod Licence (14 Day) £9.00

Coarse Rod Licence (14 Day) 2 Rods £9.00

Game Rod Licence (3 Day) £3.50

Coarse Rod Licence (3 Day) 2 Rods £3.50

Joint Licence/Permit Game (14 Day) £24.50

Joint Licence/Permit Coarse (14 Day) 2 Rods £18.50

Joint Licence/Permit Game (3 Day) £8.50

Joint Licence/Permit Coarse (3 Day) 2 Rods £8.50

Disabled Game Licence £5.00

Disabled Course Licence £5.00

Foyle/Carlingford Endorsement £1.00

Permit Prices

Type 2010 2011

General Season Game £63.00 £66.00

Juvenile Season Game (19yrs and under) £2.00 £2.00

14 Day General Game £15.00 £15.50

3 Day General Game £5.00 £5.00

Local Season Game £47.50 £50.00

Coarse Season 2 Rods £23.50 £24.50

14 Day Coarse 2 Rods £9.00 £9.50

3 Day Coarse 2 Rods £4.50 £5.00

Concessionary over 60 Permit £15.00 £15.50

Concessionary Disabled Anglers Permit £15.00 £15.50

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