Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched a €500,000 Capital Works Fund to support projects that will improve access to angling and deliver ‘an accessible and sustainable world-class inland fishery resource’. 

IFI angling fund

Annamoe Co Wicklow: Funding support for projects that improve access to angling           Photo Gillian Mills 

Grants will be available to groups and individuals (local development associations; tidy towns; angling clubs etc) for projects such as: clearing and fencing along rivers/lakes; abled and disabled friendly angling stands; new and improved car parks; walkways; stands, styles, footbridges; boat slips and angling boats.

“Accessibility for people of all abilities is a priority if our inland fisheries are to be enjoyed by everyone,” remarked Sean Kyne, Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector.

The scheme is part of IFI’s National Strategy for Angling Develoment (NSAD) that aims to ensure Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced for the economic value and recreational benefit for communities across Ireland. The fisheries resource is worth €836m to the Irish economy annually and supports upwards of 11,00 jobs.

IFI is inviting applications for funding of ‘shovel ready’ projects that will improve access to angling.

“This is a vital step in developing facilities for the 273,000 anglers in Ireland and the 163,000 international visitors who fished here in 2015,” remarked Suzanne Campion, head of business development.

The NSAD aims to grow the annual contribution of angling by €96m over the next five years, creating an additional 1,800 jobs and attracting 40,000 more visitors.

Funding application Closing date November 8 (expressions of interest for more complex projects – November 30)