Thirteen angling clubs and organisations in Mayo have received funding for projects from Inland Fisheries Ireland.
The projects, which focus on improving Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources, will begin delivery in 2018.
Just under €300,000 has been made available to projects in Mayo by the Minister with Responsibility for the Inland Fisheries Sector, Sean Kyne.
The following projects in the county have received funding:
River Erriff, townland of Glennacally: Erriff bank protection/Western Way walk 2017 - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€23,383 ).
River Moy at Tawnaghbeg, Straide, Foxford, and four other locations: tourist and angler information maps - East Mayo Anglers Association (€5,763 ).
Lough Corrib, Cong: replacement of timber walkway and redevelopment of the Roach Pond - Cong and District Anglers Association (€7,380 ).
River Moy, Laghtmacdurkan and Ardhoom townlands, Meelick, Swinford: erecting/replacement of stiles and footbridges along club waters of the River Moy - East Mayo Anglers Association (€4,059.08 ).
Erriff River, Letterass, Kilbride: development of angling access and walkway facilities at Aasleigh Falls - Mayo County Council (€12,500 ).
Cuilbaun, Tawnaghbeg, Straide, Foxford: disabled anglers facility - East Mayo Anglers Association (€154,087 ).
Newport Quay and Clew Bay: equipment for training novice sea anglers - Newport Sea Angling Club (€1,103 ).
Cushlough, Ballinrobe: car park resurfacing and parking alignment and security fencing - Ballinrobe & District Anglers Association (€21,263 ).
Carrowniskey River, Carrowniskey, Louisburgh: riverbank regeneration at Carrowniskey - Anthony Jordan (€529 ).
Louisburgh: Carrownisky River rehabilitation project - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€9,080 ).
Owenmore River, Drummin East: Owenmore (Drummin East ) bank rehabilitation project - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€6,150 ).
Co Mayo fish counter replacement - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€31,467 ).
Glenummera, Teevnabinnia: bank reinstatement and rehabilitation of the Glenummera River, which is one of the main spawning tributaries of Delphi Fishery for wild salmon and sea trout - Delphi Fishery Ltd (€15,000 ).
Mayo Fine Gael TD and Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring welcomed the funding earlier this week.
In a statement the Minister said: “The scheme is part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development. The strategy aims to ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced with a view to ensuring a sustainable habitat, and delivering the economic, health and recreational benefits they offer to communities across Ireland.
“Inland Fisheries Ireland is aiming to grow the angling sector’s socio-economic contribution of €836 million per year by an additional €60 million annually through the Strategy. This will be achieved by driving angling participation among domestic and overseas visitors, which in turn is supported by improving access to fishing and developing angling infrastructure.
“Last year’s fund focused on capital works as part of the National Strategy for Angling Development and benefited 50 angling projects around the country.
“As a result of additional funding secured by Minister Kyne in 2017 and in Budget 2018 for Inland Fisheries Ireland, the amount of funding available has more than quadrupled. I welcome the announcement of funding which I have no doubt will be of a tremendous benefit to these organisations,” Minister Ring concluded.