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Permit for Survey Work

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 may, by written permit, authorise any named person to do specified things for the 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. These include catching salmon or trout by electrofishing for supportive breeding programmes, and catching fresh water fish by an approved method for transferring between fisheries.

In issuing the permit, we must be sure that the purpose it’s required for conforms to current scientific advice and good fisheries management practice. We also need to know that the authorised persons are competent. It is important, therefore, that the applicant provides as much detail as possible so that the application can be assessed properly.

Applications for Section 69/70 Survey Permits MUST be received 28 working days before the start date of the operation.

A record of all activities and results under the permit’s authority MUST be shared with Loughs Agency within one month of the permit’s expiry.

If you would like to review Section 69/70 applications received by Loughs Agency please click here.

Click here to download the application form.


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

Loughs Agency
22 Victoria Road
BT47 2AB


Please note that applications submitted to Loughs agency will be made available on-line for the purposes of public consultation. Any personal information will be removed. Information received will be processed in accordance with our Privacy Policy

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Section 4 Declaration - Please note that the responsible person (including all partners of a Partnership) must sign the declaration themselves, even if an agent is acting on their behalf as the applicant contact. For applications from a company or other corporate body the individual(s) signing should be duly authorised to sign on behalf of the company or corporate body. It is an offence to make a false statement when applying for a licence. I declare to the best of my knowledge the statements made in the application form, including the map and accompanying sheets are true.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

21 April 1926 to 8 September 2022