West Cork angling development projects to receive capital funding

Cork based Senator, Tim Lombard, has welcomed the announcement by Inland Fisheries Ireland of a Capital Works Fund which will provide €500,000 to 50 angling development projects throughout Ireland.

Angling has an annual socio-economic benefit of €836 million nationally, so these development projects are critical for the continued success and progression of our fishing industry. The projects being delivered in 2017 are part of a National Strategy for Angling Development and will focus on improving angling access and infrastructure.

The Capital Works Fund will include provisions for angling boats and trailers to allow for improved access for education/youth initiatives and tourist anglers, upgrades to access roads and car parks at angling sites, construction of new fishing stands, styles and footbridges and the provision of informational signage.

Inland Fisheries Ireland is the State agency tasked with conserving, protecting and managing inland fisheries, including sea angling, and they are working closely with angling clubs, individuals, community groups, and chambers of commerce to further develop angling as a recreational and tourism activity.

There are a number of important projects being funded in Cork; the River Ilen Development Project for recreational and tourist angling in Skibbereen, the Opening Access on the Bandon River project, and the Glenbeg Lake Angling Access development in Beara. These projects are critical for our coastal county, so it is encouraging to see funding being provided to enable the growth of industrial and recreational angling in Cork.

It is also important to note that there will be a second round of funding under this scheme in the New Year so I encourage relevant groups and organisations to prepare applications for this invaluable fund.