Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle, said the announcement of over €45k in funding for Wicklow Angling initiatives is good news for anglers in the county.
This funding will focus on improving Wicklow’s inland and sea angling resources. This scheme is part of the Inland Fisheries Ireland National Strategy for Angling Development.
The 2017 funding call was first announced last August to local groups, local authorities and individuals. In total 115 angling development projects were awarded funding of €2.2 million.
Minister Doyle said: “I would like to congratulate the Wicklow applicants who were awarded this funding.
“Angling is important to the economy here in Wicklow; delivering the economic, health and recreational benefits.
Several Wicklow projects were included in the scheme this year. The River Vartry Protection Society was awarded €13,025 to prune trees and manage invasive species. Fishing Futures will receive €1,620 for purchasing angling equipment for community groups and Wicklow County Council will get over €30k to upgrade angling ladders in Bray, Wicklow and Arklow Harbours.
“These grants will improve infrastructure for sea anglers in Bray, Wicklow and Arklow, allowing access to angling for youth groups and the preservation of inland waterways.
“This funding will ensure that Wicklow’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected delivering long term recreational and economic benefit to their communities,” said the Wicklow Minister.