Midland Fisheries Fund

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has recognised the key role angling clubs play in the area of fisheries development and angling tourism. It has identified the empowerment of its stakeholders as a key objective and has designed its programmes to ensure that stakeholders are facilitated and partnered to assist in the strategic development of fisheries and angling developments.

The Midland Fisheries Fund is a sustainable funding mechanism through which angling clubs and organisations can access funding to undertake sustainable development works in the Midland Fisheries Group permit area. The fund has been created through angler contributions set-a-side from the Permit Income received by IFI in the Midlands Fisheries Group permit area. 

The Scheme is called the Midland Fisheries Sustainable Development Fund (MFF)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2017

Five angling development and conservation initiative projects were received in the Autumn funding call under the Midland Fisheries Fund of which three were awarded funding . This funding will help ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced into the future. Applicants must have paid a Midland Fisheries Group permit to be eligible for this fund.

Applications were invited from groups, associations, clubs or other appropriate bodies looking to improve Ireland’s fisheries resource. The closing date for applications to Inland Fisheries Ireland’s 2017 Funding Call was Friday, 13th of October 2017.

The projects receiving funding under the Midland Fisheries 2017 Funding Call are:

Galway:

  • Calla, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe - Disability carpark and access point and new permanent fishing stand - Kilconnell Community Development Association Ltd (€6,810)

Westmeath:

  • Tudenham Stream,  Rochfort Demense,  Mullingar, Westmeath - Tudenham Stream enhancement - Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€10,509)
  • Kilpatrick, Hopestown, Mullingar, County Westmeath - Kilpatrick Stream enhancement - Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€13,939)

 

Successful applicants - Link to Funding Portal

 

What type of project is eligible under the Midland Fisheries Fund?

Applications are considered for the following project types:

·        Development of access and other infrastructure for angling (including disabled access).Development of the angling product in agreement with IFI Business Development.

·        Development that focuses on providing facilities for those engaged in angling.(eg Toilet)

·        Training that develops and enhances angling capacity.

·        Fish passage improvement (e.g. removal of barriers, modification of weirs, and construction of fish passes etc.)

·        Spawning enhancement (addition/raking of gravel or cleaning of existing substrates)

·        Instream structures (weirs, deflectors, rubble mats, random boulders etc.)

·        River Bank protection (soft engineering measures, log revetment etc.)

·        Fencing (protection of river banks including fences, stiles, cattle drinks etc.)

·        Riparian zone improvement (tree pruning and strategic tree planting)

·        Removal & control of exotic invasive species (e.g. Rhododendron, Japanese knotweed, Asian Clam, Chub etc.)

·        Feasibility studies/ development plans (which lead to future projects under the above headings to maximum of 80% funding or €2000 whichever is less). A maximum of five (5) studies only to be allowed.

·        Screening for Appropriate Assessment, to a maximum of €500.  If this leads to a requirement for an Appropriate Assessment, three written quotes shall be required and may be funded at the discretion of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

·        Angling marketing plan for the area, marketing and promotional angling literature, attendance at angling shows, angling event organisation, advertising angling. These activities to a maximum €2000. A group application on the basis of a marketing plan and associated activities could be considered.

Five a[SR1] ngling development and conservation initiative projects were received in the Autumn funding call under the Midland Fisheries Fund of which three were awarded funding . This funding will help ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced into the future. Applicants must have paid a Midland Fisheries Group permit to be eligible for this fund.

Applications were invited from groups, associations, clubs or other appropriate bodies looking to improve Ireland’s fisheries resource. The closing date for applications to Inland Fisheries Ireland’s 2017 Funding Call was Friday, 13th of October 2017.

The projects receiving funding under the Midland Fisheries 2017 Funding Call are:

Galway:

·         Calla, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe - Disability carpark and access point and new permanent fishing stand - Kilconnell Community Development Association Ltd (€6,810)

Westmeath:

·         Tudenham Stream,  Rochfort Demense,  Mullingar, Westmeath - Tudenham Stream enhancement - Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€10,509)

·         Kilpatrick, Hopestown, Mullingar, County Westmeath - Kilpatrick Stream enhancement - Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€13,939)


 [SR1]Add in something like three were awarded funding