Sean Kyne TD, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries Sector, today welcomed the award of funding, to the value of €2.2m, by Inland Fisheries Ireland to 115 angling development and conservation initiatives as part of its National Strategy for Angling Development, Salmon Conservation Fund and Midlands Fisheries Fund.
The projects, which focus on improving Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resource, will begin delivery in 2018. In total, applications for over 140 projects were received bringing the overall value of projects applying for funding to above €2.9million.
Minister Kyne said: “I would like to congratulate the applicants who have been awarded this funding. The projects receiving funding are located in 24 counties across the country. They include fisheries habitat conservation projects as well as the provision of infrastructure and equipment to allow for improved access to angling. Education/youth initiatives and projects aimed at attracting increased numbers of tourist anglers also attracted funding”. I recently announced the forthcoming addition, in early 2018, of ‘Fisheries Projects Animators’ for Inland Fisheries Ireland and that initiative will support the implementation of these projects in assisting community organisations nationwide in realising these ambitious angling projects and conservation initiatives over the coming year,” he added
The 2017 Funding Call was first announced in August 2017 with local groups and individuals including local development associations, tidy towns, angling clubs, local authorities and others invited to apply for funding, with 115 angling development projects being awarded funding to the value of €2.2m.
The scheme is part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development. The Strategy aims to ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced with a view to ensuring a sustainable habitat and delivering the economic, health and recreational benefits they offer to communities across Ireland.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is aiming to grow the angling sector’s socio-economic contribution of €836 million per year by an additional €60 million annually through the Strategy. This will be achieved by driving angling participation among domestic and overseas visitors, which in turn is supported by improving access to fishing and developing angling infrastructure.
Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “The 2017 Funding Call has been inundated with strong project applications and we are delighted to announce the 115 projects which have secured support, following a detailed review process. The first Funding Call was in 2016, but the demand for improvements in angling access and development continues apace. The latest funding call was oversubscribed confirming that rural communities across Ireland are engaged with angling and recognise the value of the fisheries resource to their local area.
“Inland Fisheries Ireland has worked closely with angling clubs, individuals, community groups and chambers of commerce to inform them about the Fund and the overall National Strategy for Angling Development. We hope to empower these stakeholders to improve access to angling in their areas and as a result deliver long term recreational and economic benefit to their communities.”
A key element of the National Strategy for Angling Development is to build capability and improve governance across the sector, appointing the aforementioned project animators is a significant step in realising this goal and also addresses the issues and challenges raised by stakeholders at the nationwide funding roadshows earlier this year.
For more information on Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Funding Call 2017 and the projects receiving funding in this funding call, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/fundin g.
The projects in Leitrim and neighbouring counties to receive funding under the 2017 Funding Call are:
Brackley Lake, Co. Cavan - Footway to improve access to angling along Prospect Shore at Brackley Lake - Cavan County Council (€31,444)
Killnahard, Ballyheelan, Killnaleck Co. Cavan - Improve boat slip and car park for angling access at Killnahard Bay - Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association (€24,850)
Templeport Lake, Kildoagh, Templeport, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan - Templeport Lake Fishing Stand - Templeport Development Association (€2,000)
Co Leitrim - Angling Marketing Guide: Discover Angling in Leitrim - Leitrim Integrated Development Company CLG (€1,197)
Lough Leebeen, Rathmore, Aughnacliffe, Co Longford - Provision of a public toilet for the use of anglers in Leebeen Park, Aughnacliffe - Leebeen Park Development Ltd (€9,072)
Lanesborough, Co. Longford - Equipment for youth angling initiative - St. Mel's College Angling Club (€800)
Lakes in and surrounding areas of Longford - Small easy to manage boat for less able persons to access angling - Melview Lodge (€3,143)
Grange Lake, Strokestown, Co Roscommon - Angling equipment to develop tourism & access to Strokestown lakes - Grange Lodge (€4,467)
Shannon River, Lackan Td., Kilteevan, Co Roscommon - Portrunny Slipway, Lough Ree - Roscommon County Council (€50,000)
Frances River, (Suck catchment), Castlerea, Co Roscommon - Fisheries enhancement on the Frances River, Castlrea - Castlerea Town Trust (€24,601)
Bealnamullia, Cuilleen & Ardgawna townlands, Monksland, Athlone, Co Roscommon - Cross River Walkway - Roscommon County Council (€50,000)
River Shannon - Quayside wall, Ballyleague, Co Roscommon , Co Longford & various locations at Lough Ree - Feasibility study for a new angling centre, boat and tourism facility - Lough Ree Angling Hub (€935)
Cavetown Croghan, Boyle, Co. Roscommon - Cavetown Angling Renewal/Development: Reinstate fishing stands, erection of foot stileriparian zone improvement, fish passage improvement, spawning enhancement and provision of in stream structures - Cavetown Residents Developments Company (€98,144)
Portrunny, Fearragh, Ballymurray, Co Roscommon - Portrunny Aquatic Biodiversity Sign - Portrun Development Association CLG (€1,728)
Bellanascarrow Lake, Lavally, Ballymote, Co. Sligo - Upgrade of access for mobility impaired anglers and enhancement to existing angling facilities - Ballymote & District Angling Club (€17,374)
Western end Lough Gill at Aughamore Far Co.Sligo - Replacement jetty structure Aghamore Far- Lough.Gill - Sligo Anglers Association (€15,456)
The falls and ladders Ballisodare fishery, Ballisodare, Co Sligo - Part funding of fisheries angling access development project - ballisodare fishing club ltd (€20,000)
River Easkey, Dromore West, Co Sligo - Habitat enhancement and angler access improvement - River Easkey Angling Club (€13,500)
Duff River, Bunduff, Co. Sligo - Duff River Angling Access Path - Sligo County Council (€40,312)
Lough Gill, Hazelwood Demesne Td, Calry, Co Sligo - Restoration of breakwater, silt removal of semi enclosed area and boat slip clearance. - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€6,089)
Garavogue River, Cleveragh Demesne, Sligo - Assessment of the potential environmental impact for the installation of four accessible angling stands on Garavogue River - Sligo County Council (€2,000)