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Rod licence helps to fund angling projects

Rod licence helps to fund angling projects

£200,000 raised from rod licence income has helped to fund over 50 angling related projects. The Angling Improvement Fund is designed to give money funded by rod licence payments and invest it into ventures that aid freshwater fishing nationwide.

One focus of this year’s funding was helping to improve accessibility for anglers who would otherwise have been put off fishing.

The Angling Trust have confirmed that, with every project also attracting financial or in-kind support through match-funding, it means that schemes totalling over half-a-million pounds have benefitted from the fund.

Applications which benefitted this year include projects to:

  • Protect fisheries from predation.
  • Encourage more people to go fishing.
  • Improve facilities at clubs and fisheries.
  • Safeguard venues.

A breakdown of the money is as follows: £31,926 awarded to otter-proof fencing, £77,931 awarded to unfunded proposals from previous application round (including the promotion of junior angling), £75,784 on community waters and £25,462 to schools and colleges to help students through fishing and related land-based courses.

Sarah Chare, Deputy Director for Fisheries at the Environment Agency, said: “If you buy a rod licence from the Post Office then you are helping to protect and improve fisheries through the Angling Improvement Fund. These 54 projects will improve the facilities that anglers tell us they want most and encourage new people to try fishing.

“Angling is great for people’s health and anglers help to protect the environment, so we want to get as many people involved as possible.”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, said: “The Angling Improvement Fund has been a great success in ensuring that there is a transparent and fair process for clubs, fisheries and community groups to apply for the funds available. The funding awards have been given to those who can demonstrate that they will make the biggest impact for the good of fishing, not only by attracting match funding but also by working in partnership and involving the local community in their plans.

“It’s vital that we get the best value for money from the funds raised from anglers buying rod licences. Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to the success of the fund and I look forward to hearing about more excellent projects in the next round.”

To find out more about the successful funding applications, click here.

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