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Rod licence sales to fund more angling improvement projects

THE Angling Trust and the Environment Agency have released an additional £200,000 as part of the Angling Improvement Fund, with funding available to a wide range of freshwater angling providers

The Environment Agency has released the extra money - sufficient to fund up to 50 additional projects - which is to be spent between now and the end of March. This move, which recognises the huge desire among anglers to develop their local facilities, has been made possible by good rod licence sales. The extra funding will be offered through rounds three and four.

Funding will be available to a wide range of freshwater angling providers, including clubs, commercial fisheries and angling projects, and there is no requirement to be Angling Trust affiliated. Projects must be in England and involve a form of fishing requiring the purchase of an Environment Agency non-migratory and coarse Rod Licence. Awards of up to £5,000 are available for successful projects.

Sarah Chare, head of fisheries at the Environment Agency, said: “The Angling Improvement Fund is just one way we use rod licence money to work with partners for the benefit of angling.

“Healthy rod licence sales have enabled us to be able to put yet more money into these projects. I’m looking forward to seeing great results from the third and fourth rounds, especially those which encourage young people to give fishing a go and those which rejuvenate under-used or neglected fishing spots.

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to distribute even more money to the country’s best angling improvement projects.

“We appreciate how disappointed many clubs and fisheries were to have missed out in rounds one and two, and so welcome the chance this extra funding gives us to look at those projects again. Funding will also be made available to new projects involving partnerships between clubs and fisheries and schools and for the creation, development and safeguarding of low-cost fishing at community waters, one of our National Angling Strategy priorities.”

The Angling Improvement Fund (formerly known as the Fishery Improvement Fund), administered by the Angling Trust, provides financial support for urgent facilities improvements at clubs and fisheries in England. It is one of the key elements in the new National Angling Strategic Services contract awarded to the Angling Trust as part of the delivery of the National Angling Strategy. So far this year, the fund has distributed £115,000 of Rod Licence income to 31 projects across the country.

For more information on the Angling Improvement Fund and details of how to apply, visit the Angling Trust website.

An ideal base for fishing on Islay
ON A recent trip to Islay, I was fortunate enough to stay at Kentraw Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast in Bruichladdich, which is run by Donald James (DJ) MacPhee and his wife, Isabel, writes George Macintyre. 

Having spent many nights in hotels and B&Bs throughout my career, it was a pleasant surprise to find that Kentraw “does what it says on the tin”. What you see on the website, is what you get. What the site cannot convey, however, is the genuine warmth of the welcome, the luxury of the beds and the liveliness of end-of-day banter as guest and hosts swap details of what has been seen and where.

There are dozens of lochs on the island, many of which are accessible to Kentraw guests, with the B&B able to organise fishing permits and provide packed lunches. Boatmen and guides for a day on the hill lochs can also be booked and rods and reels provided. Full story on News.

January fish count data online

The Environment Agency has announced that fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for January is now available on the web. Please note the revised reporting format for the Wear to take in account data from a counter in the new fish pass at Freeman’s Reach.

For the River Wear check

The River Tyne figures are available on

The figures for the River Tees can be found at

FOCL boost for English bowlers

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) is now an “Official Partner” of the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA), the governing body for the sport of flat green indoor bowls in England, with 300 clubs, 63 county associations and 100,000+ players affiliated.

FOCL’s new partnership with the association means that the cruise line will be supporting national televised indoor bowling events nationwide, as well as undertaking local activity with EIBA members across the country. Full story: Travel

Around the world in 107 nights

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL)’s Around the World Voyage 2017 brochure showcases an exceptional itinerary - and the opportunity to explore the planet in a magical 107 nights.

Leaving Southampton on January 3, 2017, aboard the smaller, more intimate Black Watch, prices for this circumnavigation of the globe costs are from £94 per person, per night – and guests will receive up to £550 per person free onboard spending credit* on outside cabins and above (amount varies by cabin type).

Solo travellers can also benefit from reduced single supplement on selected twin outside cabins (subject to availability). Full story Travel

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Updated 1334 Friday, March 18, 2016