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Funds for Cork angling initiatives

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 4:52pm

A programme supporting angling events and initiatives was launched last month following a successful 2018 campaign in Cork.

The sponsorship programme, which was launched by Inland Fisheries Ireland, is now inviting applications from suitable angling events and initiatives in Cork for next year’s programme.

Last year a total of nine Cork initiatives were awarded funding including Cork Small Boats Festival 2018, and the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers Home Nationals Boat event in Cobh.

The programme, which is one of the funding mechanisms of the National Strategy for Angling Development, awarded funding to 62 Irish angling events and ten teams representing Ireland in overseas international events to the combined value of €30,000 in 2018.

Sean Canney, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries sector, said: “I want to congratulate Inland Fisheries Ireland for making financial support available once again in 2019 for projects and events which will support novice and junior anglers and help grow angling tourism.

“I support Inland Fisheries Ireland’s aim to help ‘bring angling to the people’ by supporting initiatives which help remove barriers to those looking to try fishing or for younger people who already enjoy the pursuit.”

Large international competitions, novice angler events and training courses, information initiatives, and juvenile and minority angling teams representing Ireland at international events, are all eligible for funding under the scheme.

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: “Our 2019 sponsorship programme will play an important role in driving angling participation among novice and junior anglers in Cork. In addition to supporting those who are casting for the first time, we also have an opportunity to grow our angling tourism product. The sponsorship scheme offers clubs and associations an incentive to engage overseas anglers to visit our wild fisheries and to enjoy fishing here in a conservation focused manner.”

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development is the first comprehensive national framework which will deliver a wide-ranging set of investments, innovations and promotions over the coming five years. The Strategy aims to deliver economic benefits in rural communities while also ensuring that fish populations and habitats are protected and conserved. The scheme will remain open for funding applications until 18 January with applications for equipment, staff support and biosecurity assistance available throughout the year.

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