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Application for Section 69 Permit

Applications for a Permit under Section 69

of the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952

and Section 70 of the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952.

Please read these guidance notes first.

What is a Section 69/70 Permit and why do I need one?

Sections 69 of the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952 and 70 of the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952 provide exemptions for acts done for artificial propagation, scientific purposes or improvement of fisheries. Loughs Agency, Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC) may, by permit in writing, and subject to any conditions specified in the permit, authorise any named person to do, at any season of the year, such things as may be specified in the permit for the purpose of artificial propagation of salmon or freshwater fish, scientific research or the improvement of fisheries.

A Section 69/70 permit authorises the holder to carry out activities which would normally be illegal. Example of activities permitted under the authority of these permits include catching, by electro fishing, and being in possession of salmon or trout for supportive breeding programmes, or catching fresh water fish by an approved method for transfer between inland fisheries.

In issuing the permit, Loughs Agency (FCILC) must be satisfied that the purpose for which the permit is required conforms to current scientific advice and good fisheries management practice and that the persons authorised by the permit are competent. It is important, therefore, that the applicant provides as much detail as possible so that the application can be properly assessed.

Applications for Section 69/70 permits MUST be received 28 working days before the start date of the operation.[1]

A record of all activities and results received under the authority of the permit when issued MUST be forwarded to the Commission within one month of the expiry of the permit.

Click here to download a flow diagram of the application process.

Click here to download the application form.

If you would like to review the Section 69 applications received by the Loughs Agency please click here.

Any Section 69/70 permit applications should be sent to:

Mr John McCartney

Loughs Agency

22 Victoria Road


BT47 2AB

[1] Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002) s39 and Wildlife Act 1976 s12 (ROI) which require Loughs Agency to consult with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and The Minister respectively when considering permit applications. Consultation period shall be no less than 28 days.