€50k Development Money for Irish Anglers
Angling clubs and groups in the Irish Midlands will share funding of €50,000 to carry out sustainable fishery development projects.
The Midland Fisheries Fund (MFF) was created by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) from angler contributions from permit income received by IFI in the Midlands Fisheries Group permit area. This year funding will be awarded to eight sustainable angling development projects ranging from the development of access for anglers with disabilities to river rehabilitation.
Inland Fisheries Ireland was thrilled at the response to pilot year of the MFF and a wide range of fishery projects were applied for, with the top eight proposals sharing the €50,000 funding including: Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association, Kilconnell Community Development Association Ltd, Inny Anglers Development Association, Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association, Ballinlough and District Angling Club, Pallas Lake Fly Fishing Club and Lough Derravarragh Angling Association.
The MFF is exclusive to the Midland Fisheries Group area and is only open to clubs in the area and is scheme, which is similar in design to the Salmon Conservation Fund, allows for habitat improvement but also includes angling development projects so that the successful applicants will be provided with technical assistance to help their projects become a reality.
"This fund reaffirms IFI's objective to facilitate stakeholders to undertake sustainable development works," commented Fergus O'Dowd Minister of State with responsibility for Natural Resources.
"These works will enhance and improve fisheries habitats and angling tourism potential and the contribution the inland fisheries resource makes to the economy. This scheme encapsulates the partnership approach between IFI and its stakeholders, ensuring projects are environmentally sustainable, undertaken with the appropriate permissions and guidance and developed by local angling clubs for the benefit of locals and tourists alike."
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