National Inland Fisheries Forum

The purpose of the Forum, whose establishment was provided for in the Inland Fisheries Act 2010, is to provide a mechanism to recognise the important contribution of a wide range of stakeholders to the policies of IFI, and their inputs into the sector generally. During its first term, a specific objective of the Forum was also to ensure that this contribution was not lost when the Regional Fisheries Boards were abolished as part of the process of establishing IFI.

The initial cycle of the Forum was launched in October 2011 and concluded its three-year term in 2014. Following a comprehensive review of the NIFF’s first cycle, its structure and function has been modified to enable more effective operations. In accordance with the provision in the 2010 Act, the Minister has had an input into this review process and has signed off on the revised structure.

To recognise the special role of angling stakeholders, each of the main angling organisations has been requested to nominate two of their members to represent their interests for the duration of the second cycle of the NIFF. It is anticipated that these nominees will then be appointed to the Forum by the Minister. The process of selecting the remaining members of the new Forum will be managed by the Public Appointment Service (PAS) with the support of IFI. The forum shall consist of not more than 60 members. 

The PAS has compiled an information booklet providing additional information on the recruitment process and the next cycle of the Forum. The booklet can be accessed online at: