Aquaculture (Fish Farming)

The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authorities listed below.

Competent Authority

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food are the competent authority dealing with the area of aquaculture (fish farming) in Ireland. Please find links below to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food website.

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Aquaculture Licensing Procedures

Under the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997 it is required to have a licence to engage in aquaculture in Ireland. The Aquaculture and Foreshore Management Division of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food are responsible for the issuing of aquaculture licences. They also administer companion foreshore licences required for coastal aquaculture operations.

The Aquaculture Licensing Section of the Aquaculture & Foreshore Management Division co-ordinates the administration of licences for:

  • Marine finfish: e.g. salmon, rainbow trout, cod
  • Land-based finfish: e.g. turbot, perch, salmon hatcheries
  • Shellfish: e.g. oysters, mussels, scallops, clams, abalone, sea urchin.
  • Cultivation of aquatic plants e.g. seaweed

Other procedures and formalities required to engage in aquaculture in Ireland involve: land based aquaculture may require planning permission and a discharge permit from the local authority. Applications for aquaculture licences may also be subject to environmental assessment if located close to Natura 2000 conservation sites.

Please find link to the local authorities website below.

Local authorities

If you are looking to provide services in aquaculture in Ireland, you may obtain more information in the Aquaculture & Foreshore Management section of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food website at the following links below.

Contact details

Please find relevant contact details below for the Aquaculture & Foreshore Management section of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food.

Contact details