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health and recreational services to
older people.
Further information on how to
apply, including key deadlines, eligibility and judging criteria for each
theme is available from Wednesday,
13th December on the Angling Trust
website at www.anglingtrust.net/
improvementfund. Applications, completed using the new online application tool, must be submitted by midday on Thursday, 25th January, 2018.
It is planned that funding offers to
successful applicants will be made by
the end of March and that approved
projects will be completed in the
Spring and Summer of 2018.
Since the AIF was launched in February 2015, fishing licence income has
helped fund more than 200 angling
projects worth an estimated £2.4million, creating or safeguarding tens of
thousands of angling opportunities in
England. The Angling Trust will
shortly be announcing the winners of
the 2016-17 rounds of AIF funding.
Dr Kevin Austin, Deputy Director for
Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural
Environment at the Environment
Agency, said: “The Angling Improvement Fund is a vital part of providing
opportunities for people to go fishing
and improving angling habitat and
infrastructure. The fund forms part of
our ongoing reinvestment strategy for
proceeds from fishing licence sales.
We are working positively to further
develop partnership working with
organisations like the Angling Trust.
This approach is generating more
Introducing the new online AIF grant application process
For the first time, entries for AIF funding will need be submitted online using the
new AIF grant management tool. This will replace the existing system based on
return by email or post. Applicants should find the new system more convenient,
informative and user-friendly, and benefits include:
• Autosave function;
• Facility to upload supplementary evidence supporting your proposal;
• On-screen guidance;
• Automatic notification of the receipt of your application;
• Updates on the status of your application;
• A built-in electronic form to enable you to contact the Fund team.
A guide to using the new system, including how to register your organisation,
contact details for AT staff who can assist you with any questions applicants have,
will be included with the other applicant information at www.anglingtrust.net/
Help improve the Angling Improvement Fund: take part in our short
Do you know what the Angling Improvement Fund is, what it funds and how to
apply? Can you suggest ways to make it better?
To help improve the promotion and delivery of the AIF, the Angling Trust is inviting all angling club secretaries, club fundraisers and fishery managers to complete
its online ‘AIF Fund Awareness and Satisfaction Survey’. We’d like your views on
the Fund, whether you have made an application in the past or not. The survey,
which will close on February 9th, is simple to complete and should take no more
than 15 minutes of your time.
funding towards ensuring the wellbeing of our freshwater habitats and a
positive fishing experience.”
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the
Angling Trust and Fish Legal, said:
“The AIF has awarded more than
£200,000 of fishing licence income to
otter fencing projects since it started,
with investment being made on all
types of fishery after we encouraged
the Environment Agency not to
exclude non-day ticket waters. This
work remains a priority, but the fund
will also support other facility
improvements on still waters, more
coaches to help anglers of all ages get
fishing or learn a new discipline, and
work to promote the health benefits
of angling. With match funding, the
overall investment into this integrated programme of work could well
approach one million pounds. It’s
great to see rod licence money being
used in this way.” n
Environment Agency offers stocking fillers for
anglers over the festive season
The Environment Agency is getting
into the festive spirit by providing
stocking fillers for anglers as its staff
restock rivers with thousands of fish
in the run-up to Christmas. The
restocking activity is part of an annual
programme funded by income from
rod licence sales. Calverton fish farm,
the Environment Agency’s specialist
fish breeding farm in Nottingham,
produces between 400,000 and
500,000 fish each year.
The farm breeds nine species of
fish and restocks rivers across England where numbers are low, have
been depleted following a pollution
incident or to create new fisheries
and opportunities for anglers. Alan
Henshaw, fisheries team leader at the
Environment Agency said: “Our rivers
have improved dramatically in water
quality over the last 30 years, and our
annual restocking from Calverton has
boosted natural fish stocks, benefiting
rivers and lakes across England. All of
this work is funded by money from
rod licence sales to protect and
improve fish stocks and fisheries. The
quality and range of fish produced as
part of the restocking programme is
testament to the hard work of the
staff at Calverton Farm.”
New techniques in pond rearing
have delivered significant improvements in the average size of the 18month-old fish. The farm breeds chub,
dace, barbel, roach, bream, crucians,
rudd, te nc h a nd gra y l i ng. S o me
notable stockings that will take place:
• 34,781 mixed chub, dace and roach
stocked into the River Leadon in
• 29,750 mixed fish stocked into
rivers, canals and stillwaters across
Cumbria and Lancashire in the
• 600 barbel into the River Dearne in
South Yorkshire.
• 21,000 roach, bream, crucians and
tench stocked into still waters and
7 , 6 0 0 c h u b, d a c e a n d b a r b e l
stocked across rivers in Thames
• 6,400 fish comprising of six different species split between the River
Wid, Blackwater and Colne in
Anglian East region.
• 4,250 roach, bream and tench into
the Blind Yeo in Wessex plus more
than 3,000 additional fish split into
other waters in the area.
More stockings will continue into
the New Year. n


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