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£400,000 for fishery improvements

£400,000 for fishery improvements

£400,000 of fishing licence income is being made available to angling clubs and fisheries through the Angling Improvement Fund (AIF). The money will be used to help fund general fishery improvements, measures to control predation and for coach training bursaries. A small number of grants will also be offered to established charities, projects and health providers to support angling initiatives that promote health, wellbeing and social inclusion in older people.

The Angling Trust, which administers the fund in partnership with the Environment Agency, is seeking applications by January 25, 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. The Angling Trust will shortly be announcing the winners of the 2016-17 rounds of AIF funding.

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.”

For the first time, entries for AIF funding will need be submitted online using the new AIF grant management tool. Applications need to be in by January 25, 2018.  A guide to using the new system can be found at www.anglingtrust.net/improvementfund

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