“Tourism initiatives like the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East are further boosting visitor numbers and our Sponsorship Fund for 2018 will support angling clubs and groups nationwide to offer local events that engage domestic anglers, overseas anglers and those who are about to cast for the first time,” remarked Suzanne Campion, IFI Head of Business Development.
“With Ireland having some of the best wild fisheries in Europe, this Sponsorship Fund forms part of our National Strategy for Angling Development which aims to develop our angling tourism potential while also managing and conserving our fisheries resource,” she added.
The IFI strategy is the first comprehensive national framework and will deliver investment, innovation and promotion over the next five years. It aims to make angling accessible and attractive through information, infrastructure and support; to develop tourism through the promotion of the angling resource and to position angling as a key leisure and recreation pursuit.
The Strategy will also deliver significant economic benefits in rural communities while also ensuring that fish populations and habitats are protected and conserved.
Awards are subject to budget and the scheme closes on Monday January 22nd 2018.