Conservation and development

Inland Fisheries Ireland is responsible for protecting, managing and conserving Ireland's inland fisheries and sea angling resources. The agency also administers funds that allow third parties to carry out conservation and development projects. 

A shady river

Habitat Enhancement

Shade on a river, Co. Mayo
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Rock ramp fish pass

Barrier Mitigation

Mitigation to allow fish to pass barriers in rivers
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Angling Access

Angling access
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Mechanical cutting of Laragosiphon major on Lough Corrib

Invasive Species Management

Curley leaved water weed in Lough Corrib
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spawning gravel maintenance robe (18)

Stream Maintenance

Stream maintenance
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Stock management predator control Releasing pike

Stock management

How we monitor and manage the fish in Ireland's inland fisheries and within its sea angling boundary.
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Green bank reinforcement in Delphi, Co. Mayo


Development works that we have undertaken.
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One of the funded projects Annacotty Weir


Inland Fisheries Ireland is leading Annacotty Fish Passage Project as the state agency with responsibility for fish in rivers, such as the Mulkear.
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Environmental Reports in 2022
km Instream Maintenance in 2022
km Spawning Habitat Opened Up in 2022
km Instream Rehabitilation in 2022


Inland Fisheries Ireland also provides funding to various eligible organisations to carry out Conservation and Development projects. 

Since 2016, over €4 million worth of funding has been awarded to over 200 Conservation and Development projects by Inland Fisheries Ireland.


Apply for funding

For more details on our funding schemes, and for information on how to apply for funding please go to our funding page.

Behind the scenes of conserving wild Atlantic salmon