BID NOW FOR YOUR SHARE

An­gling’s £200,000 cash fund up for grabs

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

HERE’S your chance to bid for a slice of the £200,000 that’s on of­fer to im­prove and pro­tect your fish­ery.

The An­gling Trust is this week invit­ing clubs, fish­eries and other or­gan­i­sa­tions to ap­ply for the cash that’s come from rod li­cence sales and will be used to launch at least 40 an­gling projects in 2016.

Ap­pli­cants wish­ing to pro­tect their waters from ot­ters and cor­morants, or im­prove ac­cess to their fish­eries, can take ad­van­tage of the money that’s be­ing used by the An­gling Im­prove­ment Fund (AIF). This is run by the An­gling Trust and pro­vides financial sup­port for ur­gent fa­cil­i­ties im­prove­ments.

Sup­ported by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, the aim is to fund projects that en­cour­age more peo­ple to go fish­ing. As long as a project meets the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria, the An­gling Trust wel­comes ap­pli­ca­tions over the next two months.

Sarah Chare, Head of Fish­eries at the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, said: “In 2015, we sold 1.2 mil­lion rod li­cences. That’s great for an­gling be­cause it means more in­vest­ment in fish­eries and the fish­ing clubs sup­port­ing an­glers up and down the coun­try.

“This round of the An­gling Im­prove­ment Fund rep­re­sents the best of our part­ner­ship with the An­gling Trust, as it aims to get more peo­ple into our sport and pro­tect fish from preda­tors.”

This ini­tia­tive is one of sev­eral spear­headed by the An­gling Trust whose aim is to im­prove and pro­tect the sport.

“This round of fund­ing will be tar­geted at projects that help im­prove ac­cess to the water, based on re­search into what their mem­bers and cus­tomers need,” said Mark Lloyd, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the An­gling Trust.

“We will also be con­tin­u­ing our work to pro­tect fish­eries from preda­tors to sup­port our pre­da­tion ac­tion plan.”

More de­tails on how to ap­ply, in­clud­ing key dead­lines, stan­dard ap­pli­ca­tion forms and el­i­gi­bil­ity and judg­ing cri­te­ria for each theme are now avail­able on the An­gling Trust web­site at: www.an­glingtrust.net

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