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Ulster Angling Federation

The Ulster Angling Federation is the representative body for game (trout and salmon) angling clubs in Northern Ireland.  They have a membership of around 60 clubs with a total individual membership of some 8,000 anglers. The Federation represents anglers in discussions with Public Bodies, Government and other NGO’s and has been in existence since the 1930s. They are represented on a wide range of committees to ensure the concerns of anglers are heard. For further information please visit

National Coarse Fishing Federation for Ireland

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland is the management body for coarse fishing in Ireland, North and South representing coarse and predator anglers whether as a member club or individual angler.

The Federation is responsible for a wide range of angling matters relating to coarse fishing in Ireland with particular focus on introducing the young and old alike to coarse angling, improving coarse angling facilities, coaching & development, protecting our fish stocks and management of international and European teams representing Ireland overseas; we involve everyone regardless of background, gender, religion, age or angling ability.

Sport NI

Sport Northern Ireland is a leading public body for the development of sport in Northern Ireland, and an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL)

Our Vision is: Northern Ireland: renowned as a place where people enjoy, engage, and excel in sport.

This Vision is supported by the following Mission Statement. “To lead sports development at all levels producing more participants and more winners”.


They are the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. They are the only UK children’s charity with statutory powers and that means we can take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse.


The Environment, Marine and Fisheries Group within DAERA is responsible for Inland Fisheries across Northern Ireland except those areas (Carlingford, Foyle and catchments) which are covered by the Loughs Agency. The Inland fisheries Community Outreach team have worked with many clubs in the interest of angling development. The team can be contacted on 0300 200 7860 or by e-mail at

Loughs Agency

The Loughs Agency (hereafter referred to as “the Agency”), is an agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC), established as one of the cross-border bodies under the 1998 Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland. The Agency aims to provide sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits through the effective conservation, management, promotion and development of the fisheries and marine resources of the Foyle and Carlingford Areas.

Tourism NI

Tourism NI is responsible for the development of tourism and the marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination to domestic tourists, from within Northern Ireland, and to visitors from the Republic of Ireland.  We are a non-departmental public body of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and we work closely with other tourism bodies to help develop the visitor economy here and to market Northern Ireland to incoming visitors.

Waterways Ireland

Waterways Ireland is one of the six North/South Implementation Bodies established under the British Irish Agreement in 1999. Waterways Ireland has responsibility for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes. The waterways under the remit of the body are the Barrow Navigation, the Erne System, the Grand Canal, the Lower Bann, the Royal Canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Shannon Navigation. The headquarters for Waterways Ireland is in Enniskillen, and regional offices are located in Carrick-on-Shannon, Dublin and Scarriff.

Irish Sea Angling Federation

The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers is a Federation of Clubs, situated throughout the whole island, administered by a Central Council founded in 1953.

For the purposes of local administration and organisation the federation is divided into for provincial councils, based on the four geographical provinces: Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaght. The number of clubs affiliated varies from year to year. In 1996 there were 183 clubs with an approximate membership of 5,000. All sea angling festivals and competitions organised by the member clubs are under the auspices of the Federation, and in accordance with the constitution rules.

Angling Council for Ireland

The Angling Council is the NGB for several different branches of angling our sport & recreation namely, Sea Angling, Coarse Angling, Predator (Pike) Angling, Salmon and Sea Trout Angling. These may be divided in to three general categories, Sea, Game and Coarse.

The ACI Committee is comprised of elected delegates from each of the National Angling Representative Organisations affiliated with the ACI. All Executive Officers are elected from the committee at the Annual General Meeting in accordance with our Constitution.