€550,000 fund - National Strategy for Angling Development schemes now open for applications

Sian Moloughney

Reporter:

Sian Moloughney

Tipperary fishing

Sean Kyne, TD, Minister with responsibility for inland fisheries, has announced that, as part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development, the Salmon Conservation and Midland Fisheries Funds are now open to projects for habitat restoration and conservation projects.

The closing date for applications to Inland Fisheries Ireland is 12th July 2018.

The National Strategy for Angling Development 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.

Eligible project types for the Salmon Conservation and Midland Fisheries Funds 2018 are listed below.

The Salmon Conservation Fund is generated from the sale of salmon and sea-trout licences and reinvested in projects that will assist in the conservation of salmon.

Minister Kyne said: “As the Conservation Fund is financed via a portion of licence sales for both Salmon and Sea Trout, I asked IFI to develop a revised scheme that will include sea trout conservation projects and update the existing salmon-only scheme. As a first step to realising a full scheme for sea trout, this year’s fund is open to accepting a pilot sea trout project for the Waterville area.”

Applications to the Salmon Conservation and Midland Fisheries Funds must relate to conservation habitat improvement projects. Applications may be made online at https://ifi.smartsimple.ie/s_ Login.jsp and are invited for projects that are ‘ready to go’, i.e. that have all the necessary paperwork and permissions in place and can move to delivery following successful progression through evaluation and award stages. Such projects would include, for example, a second or subsequent phase of a project. Successful applications must meet the requirements of the Inland Fisheries Ireland Environmental Assessment process – please see: http://www.fisheriesireland. ie/NSAD/environmental- assessment-process.html.

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s current priority is to ensure projects already awarded funding under the recent National Strategy for Angling Development schemes up to and including 2017 are completed and project officers continue to assist applicants to bring these projects to delivery phase. To this end, project officers are engaging with groups and other government agencies, Ready to go projects should be timed to complete by end of September 2018.

IFI is also asking the public to help protect and conserve the fisheries resource by reporting incidents or suspicions of illegal fishing to its confidential hotline number telephone 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24.