Fisheries Legislation

The primary legislation governing the Inland Fisheries Sector are the Fisheries Consolidation Act 1959 (No. 14 of 1959) and the Inland Fisheries Act 2010 (No 10 of 2010). Various provisions of the other cited Acts also apply to the sector.

Inland Fisheries Act 2010 [.pdf]
An Act to establish a body to be known as, in the English language, Inland Fisheries Ireland or, in the Irish language, Iascach Intíre Éireann and to define its functions, to dissolve the Central Fisheries Board and Regional Fisheries Boards, to provide for other matters connected with the foregoing and to amend and extend the Fisheries Acts 1959 to 2007.

Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1999 [.pdf]
An Act to amend the Fisheries Act, 1980, in relation to the composition and functions of the Central Fisheries Board and Regional Fisheries Boards, to make certain changes to their procedures, to provide for the establishment of their committees, to provide for the transfer of assets between the Boards, to provide for the establishment of a National Salmon Commission to advise the Minister on matters relating to the national salmon resource, to provide for a scheme for the tagging of wild salmon and sea trout, to amend the Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1991, to provide for the appointment of management committees of Fisheries Co-operative Societies and for related purposes, to make consequential Amendments to the Fisheries (Consolidation) Act, 1959, to amend the Marine Institute Act, 1991, to waive the payment of accrued interest on certain waived advances of an Bord Iascaigh Mhara, and to provide for related matters.

Sections 3 to 26 and section 28 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1999 have been repealed.

Statutory Instruments

In accordance with the Fisheries Acts the Minister may make Regulations for, among other things, the management of the inland fisheries resource and the setting of licence fees etc. The Inland Fisheries Statutory Instruments are also available for each of the years 2003 - 2011 and can be accessed from the DCENR website.



In accordance with Section 57 of the Inland Fisheries Act 2010 (No. 10 of 2010), or any other Section of the Act the Minister may, at the request of IFI or on his or her own initiative, make such bye-laws as are in his or her opinion expedient for the more effectual government, management, protection and improvement of the fisheries of the State or any part of the State or in any fishery district.

The full text of the Bye-laws are listed for each year and can be accessed under the Bye-law menu at the DCENR wesbite.