Funding available to support fishing habitats and conservation
A fundraising appeal of up to € 1 million to support vital conservation projects across the country has been welcomed by Environment Minister Eamon Ryan.
“I encourage all eligible groups and stakeholders to apply,” he said.
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) will oversee the distribution of funding and priority will be given to projects focused on improving water quality, rehabilitating damaged habitats and helping fish overcome physical barriers.
Since 2016, more than 5 million euros have been allocated to more than 250 projects within the framework of the Habitats and Conservation system. Last year a total of € 785,604 was approved for 18 projects, based in Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Wexford, Westmeath and Wicklow.
Examples included building rock ramps and installing fences to improve water quality. This work prevented cattle from entering the rivers and an alternative source was provided for drinking water.
Suzanne Campion, Business Development Manager, IFI, said: “Damaged riparian habitats can lead to water quality degradation; climate change can cause water temperature to rise and invasive species can mean more threats to biodiversity.
“Under the Habitats and Conservation program, made possible by income from fishing licenses, groups can now apply for grants that [will] benefit the conservation of freshwater fish and their habitats.
An information guide is available at www.fisheriesireland.ie/services/funding. Under a new two-step process, applicants must first complete an “Expression of Interest” application on the IFI’s online grants portal by 5.30pm on Friday, December 17, 2021.
Once the expression of interest has been completed, full applications must be submitted on the online grants portal by 5.30 p.m. on Friday January 28, 2022.
22-cage fish farm raises serious concerns in Connemara
An extremely concerned Connemara fisherman would like to highlight the recent application by MOWI (formerly Marine Harvest) for a permit to construct a 22-cage fish farm in an area of Connemara which is designated as a Special Conservation Area.
“If this license is granted, it will be the death knell for all rivers in Connemara, especially the Kylemore River, which flows into the sea at Ballinakill Bay – the proposed location for the mega farm.
“It would be the largest fish farm on the west coast and would also have a devastating impact on hotels and guesthouses that depend on angling for survival,” he said.
River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027
Housing, Local Government and Heritage Minister Darragh O’Brien has released the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027 for public consultation and is now inviting submissions, comments and comments on the plan offers.
Achieving good water quality in rivers, lakes, estuaries and seas is essential to protect drinking water sources, the environment and the quality of life of people in Ireland. The plan is developed under the EU Water Framework Directive.
The public is invited to an online meeting to learn more and have their say on Wednesday, November 24 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Please register at: https://tinyurl.com/dxvt98yc.
For more information, contact Thomas Carolan, Community Water Officer at 085-871 6896 or [email protected] Online at www.lawaters.ie. Facebook @LAWPROteam. Twitter @watersprogramme.
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