Get Fishing is the Angling Trust’s campaign to get more people fishing more often. Get into fishing at hundreds of events for all ages and abilities. They are funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income
Up to £1 million available for sea angling infrastructure
Up to £1 million in funding is available to improve recreational fishing infrastructure, facilities and access via the government’s UK Seafood Fund Infrastructure Scheme.
Projects are funded on a match-funding basis with the amount of funding dependent on the registration status of the applicant. Applicants can apply for a minimum of £10,000 and a maximum of £100,000.
Examples of projects that are fundable include:
piers, harbours and other onshore sea fishing areas
ponds, canals and other bodies of water connected to onshore sea fishing
slipways, berths and moorings for boat angling
docking for pontoons and floating walkways
paths to access sea fishing areas
facilities such as toilets and disabled access in onshore sea fishing areas and in angling clubs
accessibility modifications on vessels, such as disabled access on charter boats
infrastructure required for angling tournaments
training and upskilling for catch-and-release and other methods of sustainable fishing, including diversification of species
the use of renewable energy and reduction of carbon emissions
The deadline for applications is 12 pm on the 19th of June 2023.
Stuart Singleton-White, Head of Campaigns said “Since recreational sea angling has been recognised as a stakeholder in UK fisheries, the Angling Trust have lobbied the government hard to invest in our sport so it’s fantastic to see £1 million committed by government to funding sea angling infrastructure. We strongly encourage sea angling clubs to consider applying for this funding opportunity and to contact their local council or port authority to partner on a grant application to improve recreational fishing venues and access in their local area.”
Hannah Rudd, Policy & Advocacy Manager said “The Fisheries Act commits to where possible, funding being available for the promotion and development of recreational sea angling. Anglers know the importance of our sport locally to the economy and to participants’ health and wellbeing, so we welcome this opportunity to invest in sea angling and coastal communities. The Angling Trust remain committed to lobbying the government for more funding opportunities that invest in our sport and look forward to seeing the successful projects funded by this scheme. Our vision is for there to be a network of world-class sea angling venues across the country supported by thriving sustainable fisheries.”