DCAL is responsible for the salmon and inland fisheries of Northern Ireland and provides advice and guidance on matters relating to the conservation, protection, development and improvement of salmon and inland fisheries to angling clubs, fishery owners, and a range of other water users and interested parties.
The Department has the power under the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966 to acquire and improve facilities for angling for local and visiting anglers. The total number of fisheries available to the public is 63. The Public Angling Estate includes excellent salmon and wild brown trout angling, with some providing exclusive beat fishing. There are specialist pike fisheries, or competition and leisure anglers may prefer the world-class fishing for bream and roach where bags up to 60 kg are regularly taken. The Department has responsibility for the conservation and protection of the salmon and inland fisheries in Northern Ireland other than those in the Derry and Newry areas. DCAL cooperation with Loughs Agency and NIEA aims to ensure sustainable management of the fishery resource. Priority areas currently are conservation and protection of salmon.
The Department is working with a wide range of social partners to maximise the potential of angling and the science and conservation of inland fisheries to support education and social inclusion.