From today, permits will be available for Loughs Agency permit waters on the River Foyle, River Finn (approx. 6 miles) and Greenbraes Fishery.
DAERA have also opened the public angling estate which in the Foyle and Carlingford areas includes Loughbrickland, Binevenagh, Moor Lough, Lough Ash, Lough Bradan, Lough Lee and a section of the River Roe.
Angling clubs and private fisheries will decide how and when to open their waters. It is for each club and fishery owner to decide if they can comply with government advice with regard to social distancing and hand hygiene.
Anglers are reminded that they also have individual responsibility to comply with government advice regarding social distancing, hand hygiene and travel restrictions.
The Agency’s Fisheries Protection staff have returned to full time duties with immediate effect and will continue to work in partnership with the PSNI and An Garda Síochána with regard to fisheries offences.
Game and coarse anglers are also reminded that to fish in the waters of Foyle and Carlingford they require a licence from Loughs Agency and a permit from whomever holds the fishing rights. Loughs Agency licences are available online. Anglers should contact the fishery/angling club directly regarding permits that are not provided by Loughs Agency.