Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is to provide more than €1 million in new grants to support fish and their habitats in rivers nationwide. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI)’s Habitats and Conservation funding call 2024 is now live, and expressions of interest can be made up to December 15th.
This funding aims to improve fish habitats and increase juvenile abundance of salmon and trout. A total of €1,050,000 is being allocated in 2024.
“We are investing in transformative conservation projects that have a strong focus on outcomes and priority will be given to proposals that rehabilitate damaged river habitats, improve water quality, and help fish traverse physical in-stream barriers, like weirs”.
IFI’s Habitats and Conservation Fund comprise two schemes – the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund, and the Midlands Fisheries Fund.
The Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund (€1 million) aims to rehabilitate, protect and conserve salmon and sea trout and their habitats. Funding will be available for habitat rehabilitation and conservation projects (fish passage improvements, spawning enhancement, in-stream and bank protection, fencing and the removal of invasive species)
Up to €50,000 is available through the Midlands Fisheries Fund to support angling and sustainable development works in the midlands fisheries group permit area.
These competitive initiatives are financed from salmon and sea trout angling and commercial fishing licences in Ireland, and the sale of fishing permits. Eligible angling clubs, fishery owners and other stakeholders are invited to express their interest in applying for funding.
Full application details, and comprehensive information is available to view via the link below: