Rod licence money to fund yet more improvements to fisheries

Yet more fisheries are set to benefit from an additional £50,000 later this summer as part of the hugely successful ‘Fishery Improvement Fund’. The funding comes from the Environment Agency’s rod licence sales.

Building on the success of the first round of funding earlier this year, the fund will again be offering awards of up to £5,000 per project.This time, proposals are invited under two strands of the National Angling Strategy ‘Fishing for Life’ – either ‘getting kids into fishing’ or ‘protection from predation’.

The funding comes from the Environment Agency’s rod licence sales and is administered by the Angling Trust.

How to apply

Eligibility criteria and details about how to apply will be available to view and download from the Angling Trust’s dedicated Fishery Improvement Fund web page from Friday 12 June.

Applications should be emailed to reach the Angling Trust by the close of business on Monday 13 July 2015, and successful organisations must be able to spend the award by no later than the end of August.

Sarah Chare, head of fisheries at the Environment Agency, said:

The Fishery Improvement Fund is just one way we use rod licence money to work with partners to benefit angling. The first phase saw some really good projects given money: from new fish refuges and revitalising disused stretches of river to improving access and creating new angling venues. I’m now looking forward to seeing great results from the second round, especially those which encourage young people to give fishing a go.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Angling Trust said:

Angling’s response to the first round was phenomenal and clearly demonstrates the huge demand for improved facilities and habitats at our fishing waters. This time around, we are looking to support two priority areas for anglers: getting more kids into fishing and sustaining their enthusiasm, and protecting fish stocks from predation. If you are interested in applying, or are looking for general tips on finding funding for your club or fishery, please do try and come to our workshops at the end of June.

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