To protect our angling environment, we are empowered to enforce the Fisheries Acts 1959 to 2010 and Water Pollution Acts 1977 and 1990.
One of the principal functions of our organisation, as identified in the Inland Fisheries Act (2010) and previous Fisheries Acts, is the protection of Ireland's inland fisheries resource. We do this by undertaking a variety of different types of protection patrols on different types of water bodies at different times of the year, depending on the particular species being protected.
In some cases, our fisheries patrols are preventative: we ensure there is a visible presence of enforcement officers on the water body to deter illegal activity, in much the same way as Gardai undertake highly visible roads policing. In other cases, typically acting on intelligence or an external tip off, we also undertake covert fisheries protection patrols.