Fisheries can net a slice of major funds

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More fisheries in the North East are set to benefit from an additional £50,000 which is up for grabs, as part of the Angling Trust’s Fishery Improvement Fund.

Building on the success of the first round of funding earlier this year, the fund will again be offering awards of up to £5,000 per project.

Applications are invited under two strands of the National Angling Strategy Fishing for Life; either getting kids into fishing or protection from predation.

The funding comes from the Environment Agency’s rod licence sales.

Clubs and organisations do not need to be Angling Trust members or Angling Trust-affiliated to be eligible to apply and proposals from commercial fisheries are also welcomed.

Clubs and fisheries that were unsuccessful in round one but have a continuing need for funding in the outlined areas are welcome to apply again. Eligibility criteria and details about how to apply are available from the website

The closing date for emailed applications is Monday, July 13. Successful organisations must be able to spend the award by the end of August.

l A mobile-friendly interactive website has been launched to help anglers – and would-be anglers – find the best spot to fish. provides everything needed for a fishing trip, from searching for fishing spots to what the weather is doing, and live water levels to information on buying a rod licence and where to buy kit.

It has been produced by the Angling Trust, in partnership with the Environment Agency, Post Office and Met Office.