THE Rosses Anglers Association has been allocated €16,826 in funding for river habitat enhancement measures for salmon spawning and nursery in the Dungloe catchment.
The funding aims to increase the survival rates of young salmon.
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’.
The allocation, the Department says is for ‘river habitat enhancement measures for Salmon spawning and nursery in the Dungloe catchment to increase juvenile recruitment and survival.’
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.
Seventeen projects have been approved so far this year, based in Donegal, Carlow, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Mayo, Wexford, Westmeath and Wicklow.
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.”