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Angling gets another £320,000
boost from fishing licence sales
Another £320,000 is being made
available this summer to the Angling
Improvement Fund (AIF) to support
angling facilities and access improvements on rivers and at angling venues
around the country.
The Angling Trust, which administers the fund on behalf of the Environment Agency, is seeking applications
from clubs, commercial venues, councils, charities and community organisations by 20th September, for grants
worth up to £5,000. The grants are
only available for projects benefiting
angling for coarse fish and nonmigratory trout.
The themes in this round are:
Fish protection and predation
Around 20 awards will be offered for
fencing, fish refuges and other nonlethal measures to protect fish stocks
from unsustainable predation by
otters, fish-eating birds and other
Parks and other public venues
Up to 30 awards will be made to
councils (or to councils and clubs
working in partnership) to improve
angling facilities at park ponds and
other council-owned venues.
Access to river angling
Up to 30 awards will be made to projects that improve access to river fishing and/or enhance bankside facilities. In judging entries, preference
will be given to clubs and other
organisations that actively help
anglers find information on where to
fish on rivers, e.g. by providing online
information and booking systems.
To encourage more young people
to give fishing a go, and make the
most of the free junior fishing licence
introduced this year by the Environment Agency, we will be especially
keen to receive applications from
clubs and other angling organisations
that have structures in place (e.g. a
dedicated junior section) or run
schemes to help kids fish enjoyably
and safely.
This is the first of two funding
releases planned for this year, with
the second due to be launched in
November. The themes for this second round are still under consideration, but will almost certainly include
support for improvements at stillwater angling venues.
The Angling Trust will also shortly
be giving details of the winning projects from last year’s AIF rounds,
which included work to improve
access at fisheries for disabled
anglers, urgently-needed repairs and
improvements, otter-fencing and
other measures to protect fish stocks,
and 40 bursaries to help train anglers
t o b e c o m e q u a l i f i e d, l i c e n s e d
Since its launch in February 2015,
the AIF has distributed almost £1 million of fishing licence income to 240
projects, supporting angling improvements estimated to be worth an
incredible £2.4 million.
Dr Kevin Austin, Deputy Director for
Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural
Environment at the Environment
Agency, said: “It’s great to see more
money being allocated through the
Angling Improvement Fund, which
will help to improve fisheries and
increase access to angling. This additional investment will provide more
opportunities for people to go fishing,
encourage sales of fishing licences,
help to protect fisheries from unsustainable predation and, as a consequence, allow us to do more to benefit
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the
Angling Trust and Fish Legal, said:
“The Angling Improvement Fund
goes from strength to strength and
demonstrates what can be achieved
through partnership working
between the Environment Agency,
the Angling Trust and most importantly clubs and fisheries the length
and breadth of the country. This
investment into angling is from funds
raised by sales of fishing licences, and
we urge all clubs and fisheries to help
ensure that everyone fishing on their
waters has a valid licence at all
Further information on how to
apply, including application forms
and guidance for applicants is available on the Angling Trust website.
Organisations may also contact the
AIF Fund team on AIFadmin@angling
trust.net with any questions on project suitability. n


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