Fisheries Conservation Limerick – Pictured above is the River Deel, Askeaton. Picture: Philip Halling
Funding Announced for Fisheries Conservation in Limerick
Over €770,000 has been awarded to 17 projects to support fisheries conservation across Ireland including two projects along River Deel in Limerick.
Minister Ryan welcomes funding announcement for conservation projects in Limerick, Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kilkenny, Laois, Carlow, Mayo, Wexford, Westmeath and Wicklow.
Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state agency with responsibility for the protection and conservation of freshwater fish and habitats, is awarding funding to 17 projects in 11 counties under the ‘Habitats and Conservation Scheme 2021’.
In Limerick, €115,000 in funding has been awarded for two separate projects in the county.
Firstly, €100,000 in funding has been awarded for the preparation of detailed reports and design for the removal or improvement of fish passage at four weirs on the River Deel at Askeaton. It is hoped that the plan will open up 40 kilometres of main river channel and 100 kilometres of tributaries for migrating fish species such as salmon, sea trout, eels and lamprey.
In a second project along the River Deel, funding of €10,000 was awarded to West Limerick Deel Anglers for appropriate assessment screening and detailed in-river habitat management plans. These plans will help inform appropriate measures and rehabilitation for salmon and sea trout habitats, which is being proposed as part of the Riddlestown stream rehabilitation works.
Under two separate funds, the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund and the Midland Fisheries Fund, eligible angling clubs, commercial fishermen and fishery owners were invited to apply for financial assistance to support fisheries conservation projects in their local areas.
#BigNews this week as @InlandFisherIE announces €770K in funding for 17 #conservation projects across the country, which has been welcomed by @EamonRyan @Dept_ECC
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— Inland Fisheries Ireland (@InlandFisherIE) August 17, 2021
€774,000 in funding for 17 projects has been approved so far this year, going to projects based in Limerick, Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kilkenny, Laois, Carlow, Mayo, Wexford, Westmeath and Wicklow. Examples include:
- construction of rock ramp passageways to make it easier for fish to migrate upstream and downstream of impassable weirs
- improvements to water quality by installing fences to stop livestock from entering the river and providing water pumps and troughs for livestock to minimise agricultural impacts
- encouraging wild river regeneration by planting native Irish trees and shrubs along riverbanks in combination with fencing
- enhancement of spawning and nursery habitats for salmon and sea trout
- research to inform and improve national management decisions around sea trout
- carrying out catchment-focused feasibility studies, habitat management plans, aquatic invasive species plans and environmental assessments to improve river habitats and species
- soft engineering works to help regenerate the land and water adjacent to rivers
The announcement has been welcomed by Minister Eamon Ryan, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications. The Minister said: “The Habitats and Conservation Scheme 2021 is a great example of proactive conservation and protection of habitats. The scheme will support angling clubs, commercial fishermen and fishery owners in improving habitats, water quality and fish passage at a local grassroots level. The works and studies supported by the scheme will also result in wider benefits for the environment.”
Since 2016, Inland Fisheries Ireland has made more than €4 million available through its various funding schemes, including the two 2021 funds. Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development with Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Protecting and conserving fish species, like Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout, is critical to overall health of our eco-system. Threats like water pollution, climate change and invasive species are all having a damaging impact. Under the Habitats and Conservation Scheme, made possible through fishing licence income, groups all over the country will be working on projects and measures that benefit the conservation of salmon, sea trout and their freshwater habitats.”
Financial assistance under the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund (SSTRCPF total of €744,326) is generated by the sale of salmon and sea trout angling licences and commercial fishing licences in Ireland. The Midlands Fisheries Fund (MFF total of €29,778) is financed through contributions from permit income, received through the Midlands Fisheries Group permit area. To be eligible, applicants to the SSTRCPF must have purchased a valid salmon and sea trout angling licence or a commercial fishing licence or for the MFF, hold a current Midlands Fisheries Group permit. Further allocations of funding may be announced later in the year.
The full list of projects can be seen HERE
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