Northern Ireland Federation of Sea Anglers

Founded February 2018

The Northern Ireland Federation of Sea Anglers (hereafter referred to as NIFSA) was founded in February 2018.

The Objectives of the Federation are:

(a) To represent Northern Ireland as the national association of Sea Anglers and Sea Angling Clubs

(b)To develop, foster and regulate the sport of Sea Angling in Northern Ireland.

(c) To act and speak on behalf of sea angling in Northern Ireland and where such interests are involved, with similar organisations in other countries.

(d) To make rules governing the sport of sea angling, with a particular focus on festivals and competitions of all kinds.

(e) To cater for all traditions and to be sympathetic to needs and requirements

(f) To be an open and inclusive organisation and to welcome members from all sections of the community

(g) To oversee the selection, coordination and preparation of teams to represent Northern Ireland at international Sea Angling events

(h) To coordinate and organise Sea Angling Competitions across Northern Ireland and to promote competitions within Northern Ireland

(i)  To oversee the training of, selection of and coordination of officials for Sea Angling events held in Northern Ireland

(j) To develop and nurture the relationship between the Federation and Sport NI, the Department for Communities and any other relevant government departments


The Federation consists of:

  1. Committee

1. Chairperson

Chairing is a key role on any voluntary Management Committee. The Chairperson must ensure that the Management Committee functions properly, that there is full participation during meetings, that all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and carried out.

2. Secretary

The secretary's role in any formal group is to be guardian of the process of meetings. They are usually the person who makes the arrangements for the meetings, including AGMs, and keeps formal records of the group's process and decisions: the minutes of the meeting. This may include keeping records of correspondence.

3 Treasurer

Typically, the Treasurer's duties include the following: Financial management and/or oversight. A Treasurer may manage or oversee the management of the financial affairs of the organization, often including such basic tasks as selecting a bank, reconciling bank statements, and managing cash flow.

4 Recorder

Before any competition the recorder is responsible for distribution of score cards and counting of angler numbers. After match scores are then counted and recorded for end of league placing and future national and international team placings.


(b) Member Clubs

Northern Ireland Sea Angling Clubs that have affiliated to NIFSA of whose members will be treated as individual members of the Federation.


(c) Individual members

Anglers with no Club attachment can join the Federation and benefit from the same voting and all other rights.


(d) Associate members

A paid member of the Federation but has only partial rights and privileges or subordinate status.


International Organisation Affiliation

NIFSA will be affiliated to the following International Organisations

(a) The Confederation Internationale de le Peche Sportive – CIPS, responsible for the worldwide organisation of all angling disciplines.

(b) The Federation Internationale de la Peche Sportive en Mer - FIPS-M, responsible within the CIPS for Sea Angling and the organising of World Championships.

(c) The Sea Angling Liaison Committee of Great Britain and Ireland – SALC, a watchdog committee for sea angling in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, organises the Home International Boat and Shore Championships.

(d) The European Anglers' Alliance – EAA, a body formed in 1994 of European nations to oversee E.U. decisions which may affect angling of any discipline, and to influence decisions for the protection of angling.

(e) International Game Fish Association – USA, responsible for International Game Fish Records.



Article 1: Title.

    1. The title of the organisation shall be NORTHERN IRELAND FEDERATION OF SEA ANGLERS hereinafter called NIFSA.

    2. The registered office of the Federation will be situated in Unit 12, 16 Balloo Avenue, Bangor, BT17 7QT


Article 2: Objectives.

2.1 The objectives for which the NIFSA is established are to:

(a) Develop, foster and regulate the sport of sea angling in Northern Ireland.

 b) Act and speak on behalf of sea angling in Northern Ireland and where such interests are involved with similar organizations in other countries.


Article 3: Membership.

3.1 The membership of NIFSA shall be fully paid up individual members of its affiliated clubs. From the above there will be:

(a) Central committee

(b) Selected organising members

(c) Members shall pay any subscription or affiliation fees set by the Central Committee.

3.2Any member whose subscription or affiliation fee is more than one month in arrears shall be deemed to have resigned his/her membership of the NIFSA

(d) Membership of NIFSA shall be renewed annually and run from 1st of January until the 31st of December of the same year. Fees for membership shall be agreed at the AGM.


Article 4: Administration.

4.1 NIFSA shall be controlled by a closed internet group capable of voting and amending rules.

4.2 The administration of the NIFSA shall be by the Central Committee, whose duties shall be to carry out the directions of the amendments voted in.


Article 5: Management Committee.

5.1 The Management Committee shall consist of:

(a)The Chairperson

(b)The Secretary



(e)Shore Recorder


5.2 The Central Committee shall:

(a) Hold its own meetings and fix its own rules of procedure.     

(b) Do any act or thing that may be in the best interests of the NIFSA and in furtherance of its objects, provided it is not at variance with NIFSA rules.

(c) Members bringing the Federation into disrepute may be suspended or expelled from the NIFSA. Individual members may appeal to Central Committee whose decision is binding.


Article 6: Annual General Meeting:

6.1 The federation will hold an Annual General meeting in every calendar year at such time and place as may be determined by the Management Committee and specify the meeting as such in the notice calling it.  

6.2 The Annual General Meeting shall be held for the following purposes:

(a) To receive from the Management Committee a full statement of Account

(b) To receive from the Management Committee a report of the activities of the Federation since the previous Annual General Meeting

(c) To appoint, or re-appoint the Federations Auditors

(d) To elect or re-elect the Federations officers, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, recorder, shore recorder

(e) To elect or re-elect Committee members, the number of Committee members shall not be less than 3 or more than 5

(f) To transact such other business as may be brought before it

6.3 The minimum period of notice for the annual general meeting shall be 21 days

6.4 The notice must specify the date time and place of the meeting and the general nature of the business to be transacted

6.5 Amendment proposals from members to existing rules will be put on the closed group page.

6.6 Each member shall be allowed to put up one statement in defence/opposition of amendment. No discussion amongst members will be allowed.


6.8 After a period of one week a yes or no option will appear for members to vote. A majority vote of one or more carries the motion. A tie defeats the motion.

6.9 After the first year only members that have fished 50% of that particular section of sea angling will be allowed to participate in the vote i.e. Shore angling league or Boat angling league (c)

6.910The committee will decide if the vote will be open to the full membership or a particular section

6.11 This decision will be open to appeal by the members but the committees’ decision after the outcome of the appeal will be final.


6.a.1 Holding an EGM


Article 7: Finance.

7.1 NIFSA shall be a non-profit making organization but shall build and hold a reserve of capital.

7.2 All monies raised under the auspices of NIFSA shall be managed in accordance with the by-laws adopted by the Annual General Meeting

7.3 Financial Structures of the NIFSA shall be:

(a) Central Committee shall control the finances of the NIFSA

(b)The Finance Committee shall comprise, the Treasurer, Secretary and Recorder. The Treasurer shall provide the Annual General Meeting with the audited accounts for the financial year.

Article 8: National Register.

8.1 A full register of members of NIFSA shall be recorded each year, by procedures as set out in the by-laws adopted annually.


Article 9: Prohibited Substances.

9.1 To ensure that a member of NIFSA does not have an advantage in any competition or other occasion, by the use of any prohibited substance as prescribed by the Ulster Sports Council, he/she shall provide whatever authorised sample that may be requested by a designated person or persons of a drug testing unit

9.2 A member found in possession of, or whose sample tests positive for any prohibited substance, will in the first instance, be suspended from membership of NIFSA, pending a full investigation

9.3 A member, who fails or refuses to provide an authorised sample, shall be deemed to have tested positive and shall be suspended pending a full enquiry

9.4 Disciplinary measures shall be applied according to disciplinary by-laws as laid down by the Federation and the penalties imposed shall be consistent with the gravity and occasion of the offence.

Article 10: Discipline procedure.

10.1 If the conduct of any Federation member, publicly or within a Federation event shall, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, be injurious to the interest and character of the Federation the Executive Committee shall, after a fair hearing, be empowered to expel that person from taking part in any Federation event, function or meeting, or suspend that person’s membership for such a period of time determined by the Executive Committee, but only on a majority vote of the Executive Committee, all Executive Committee Members being present when that vote is taken. This rule in no way detracts from the autonomy of an affiliated club to take whatever action it deems necessary in relation to dealing with such a breach of conduct by a club member.

10.2 Allegations regarding child protection issues will be dealt with immediately in accordance with the NIFSA Child Policy.  In these instances the individual subject to the allegation will immediately be suspended from any Federation activities involving contact with children and/or vulnerable adults until such time as the allegation(s) have been fully investigated by the relevant authority.

10.3 All disciplinary procedures will be dealt with in accordance with the Federation’s Discipline Policies and Procedures.


Article 11: Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport (Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults)

11.1 The Federation will be responsible for overseeing the adoption and implementation of the

Code as outlined by the Sport NI.


11.2 The Federation is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care.  It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.  Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.  The Federation Child Protection Policy can be obtained on our website and advice and guidance can be obtained from our Child Protection Officer.  In applying for membership clubs and individuals undertake to comply with the Federation Child Protection Policy. Furthermore, clubs are to have either a formally appointed Child Protection Officer or a nominated contact to deal with Child Protection issues pertaining to the club.  To reduce administrative burden clubs may adopt the NIFSA Child Protection Policy.


Article 12:  Equality and Diversity.

12.1 The Federation operates an Equal Opportunities Policy where no one is denied the right to equal access on the grounds of age, race, creed, colour, gender, disability, occupation, religion, sexual orientation of political persuasion or marital status or having or not having dependants.  Where there is equality of opportunity in terms of participation, competition and the rights of members to attend the Annual General Meeting, vote and hold office. The Federation Equality and Diversity Policy can be obtained from our website. In applying for membership clubs and individuals undertake to comply with the Federation Equity Policy.  Furthermore, clubs are to have either a formally appointed Equality Officer or a nominated contact to deal with equality issues pertaining to the club. To reduce administrative burden clubs may adopt the SFCA Equity Policy.  


Article 13: Dissolution

If upon the winding up or dissolution of the NIFSA there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property whatsoever the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the NIFSA but shall be given or transferred to the “The Royal National Lifeboat Institution”