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Ambitions for a National Watersport Centre in Dun Laoghaire could be revived following the launch of a new State fund supporting infrastructure for multi-sports projects.
Applications are now being invited for the the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund, launched by Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin this week.
The scheme is initially open to applications from national governing bodies (NGBs) and local authorities (LAs) and will consist of two streams.
Stream one, which is aimed at smaller NGBs and LAs, will help fund the development of proposals to tender stage. Stream two will assist applicants to bring projects from tender stage to completion.
The scheme encourages multi-functional sports facilities that will serve more than one sport — which is in line with previous proposals to make Dun Laoghaire a national hub for sailing, kayaking, rowing and more.
Sharing between sports, NGBs and LAs is encouraged and such projects will be viewed more favourably by the fund. The scheme will also require a minimum contribution of 30% from applicants toward the cost of any works/design.
The new fund is separate and distinct from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s long-running Sports Capital Programme (SCP), which is focused on smaller capital projects where the maximum grant is €150,000.
“Inland Fisheries Ireland was chosen as a recipient of two funding measures which will engage and support young and novice anglers in Ireland,” said Seán Kyne, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources, announcing the funding yesterday (Thursday 19 July).
“The funding will see the development of a new novice angling strategy, a scheme to support angling events for novice and youth anglers and the appointment of five Regional Outreach Co-ordinators”.
Novice Angling Strategy (€70,000)
This measure will see the development of a Novice/Youth Angling Strategy and a scheme to support events for disadvantaged groups, angling hubs and coaches to ensure a safe environment for youths and vulnerable adults. IFI will continue to support Angling for Youth Development Ireland (AFYDI) and the Angling Council of Ireland (ACI) who facilitate the formation of angling hubs nationally to increase access to angling through the provision of trained coaches and safe fishing.
Go Fishing - Novice Angling Initiative (€323,250)
This project will see the appointment of five regional Outreach Coordinators in the major urban areas who will work with Angling for Youth Development Ireland, the Angling Council of Ireland and other angling organisations to increase the numbers engaging in angling across the regions.
The Dormant Account Action Plan allocates €40 million in funding to 45 measures nationwide. Its funding supplements the support already allocated by IFI to youth angling via the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD). These five appointments, together with NSAD supported posts, will deliver national education and outreach and novice angling briefs.
The funding will also allow IFI to properly resource a novice angling strategy which will incorporate one of its existing youth angling programmes, the Dublin Angling Initiative, and the many other education and outreach initiatives which are taking place across the country. It will also reach out to and include angling and voluntary organisations nationwide.
“We are delighted to welcome this funding, which will support us in growing the numbers of novice and youth anglers in Ireland,” said IFI chief executive Dr Ciaran Byrne. “Recent socio-economic studies of recreational angling in Ireland reveal that of the 325,000 anglers in Ireland, 37% are over 55 years of age and 49% are in the 35-54 age bracket. We know however that 83% of primary school students we surveyed want to go fishing.
“There is a huge opportunity for us to engage the next generation around our natural fisheries resource and to introduce them to angling, a pastime they can enjoy at any age or ability with many health and wellbeing benefits. The Dormant Account funding will help us realise our ambitious objectives of growing participation in fishing nationally and secure the future of our resource as a result.
“We look forward to working closely with angling groups and communities across Ireland in the development of a new Youth Angling Strategy and the roll out of related novice angling initiatives.”
€112,000 will be spent on slipway and pier infrastructure at Crumpan Pier, Carna.
A further €112,000 will go towards slipway and pier extension works at Droim, Lettermore.
The money has been announced by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as part of a €2.2 million national fund.
#Fishing - Funding for a new slipway has been allocated for the harbour at Ros a Mhil in Connemara.
According to Galway Bay FM, it’s part of a 27.9 million euro fund for 2018 Capital projects at Ireland’s six fishery harbour centres.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has announced the funding for Ros a Mhil, Howth, Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East and Killybegs.
The funds which will provide for a new slipway in Ros a Mhil, a small craft harbour welfare building, deep water quay preparation, safety and maintenance and disability access.
On Thursday 1 February, Sport Minister Brendan Griffin announced this year’s around of investment for 2018, which sees Ireland’s national governing body for sailing get €735,000 for high performance projects — second only to Athletics Ireland at €790,000 — on the eve of the first qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Irish Sailing also receives €323,000 in core funding under the €10.8 million investment package for National Governing Bodies for Sport, and €18,000 under the Women in Sport programme.
Commenting on the high performance grant, Irish Sailing performance director James O’Callaghan said: “It is a fantastic endorsement of our sport and reflects the efforts put in by our sailors, coaches and clubs throughout the country into the performance pathway.
“Despite the generous support, the pathway still faces challenges to deliver a world class programme from junior to Olympic classes.
“2018 is Olympic qualifying year which is a huge milestone in the quadrennial. Our next challenge is to secure additional funding for capital equipment.
O’Callaghan added: “The Irish Sailing Foundation, set up to bridge the financial gap, was a big contributor to the programme in 2017 and it is hoped this will grow further in 2018 enabling continued success.”
Other aquatic sporting bodies benefitting from this year’s funding package include Rowing Ireland, with €210,000 in core funding, €525,000 under the High Performance programme and €45,000 under Women in Sport; and Canoeing Ireland, which receives €205,000 in core funding and €40,000 under High Performance.
The Irish Surfing Association gets €64,000 to match its core funding in 2017, plus €7,000 under Women in Sport, while the Irish Underwater Council, which governs diving and other subaquatic sports, receives €60,000 in core funding.
#Angling - Sean Kyne, Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector, has welcomed the award of funding to the value of €2.2m by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) to 115 angling development and conservation initiatives as part of its National Strategy for Angling Development, Salmon Conservation Fund and Midlands Fisheries Fund.
The projects, which focus on improving Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resource, will begin delivery in 2018.
In total, applications for over 140 projects were received bringing the overall value of projects applying for funding to above €2.9 million.
Minister Kyne said: “I would like to congratulate the applicants who have been awarded this funding. The projects receiving funding are located in 24 counties across the country.
“They include fisheries habitat conservation projects as well as the provision of infrastructure and equipment to allow for improved access to angling. Education/youth initiatives and projects aimed at attracting increased numbers of tourist anglers also attracted funding.”
Minister Kyne also noted the recently announced new ‘Fisheries Projects Animators’ scheme, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.
“That initiative will support the implementation of these projects in assisting community organisations nationwide in realising these ambitious angling projects and conservation initiatives over the coming year,” he added.
The 2017 funding call was first announced in August, with local groups and individuals including local development associations, tidy towns, angling clubs, local authorities and others invited to apply for funding.
The IFI website has more information on the funding process and recipient projects, which are listed below.
- River Barrow, shore side, Woodford Dolmen Hotel Grounds, Killkenny Road, Carlow - Jetty situated on the bank of the River Barrow - Woodford Dolmen Hotel (€5,802)
- Brackley Lake - Footway to improve access to angling along Prospect Shore at Brackley Lake - Cavan County Council (€31,444)
- Killnahard, Ballyheelan, Killnaleck - Improve boat slip and car park for angling access at Killnahard Bay - Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association (€24,850)
- Templeport Lake, Kildoagh, Templeport, Bawnboy - Templeport Lake Fishing Stand - Templeport Development Association (€2,000)
- Fanore, North Clare - Angling equipment for Juvenile Training and Coaching Programme - Lisdoonvarna Fanore Sea Angling Club (€6,875)
- Derg Isle Adventure Centre, Carrowmore - Angling equipment to develop youth angling – Ducey’s Personal Development Academy (€2,000)
- River Blackwater (Munster), Mallow - Restoration and Enhancement of Angling Facilities catering for Game & Coarse Anglers in Mallow Town on River Blackwater (Munster) - Mallow Development Partnership (€89,157)
- Deasy’s Stream, River Bandon, Bandon - Deasy's Stream Rehabilitation Project - Bandon Angling Association (€8,399)
- Buncrana - Feasibility study for habitat enhancement and angling access on the Crana River - Buncrana Anglers Association (€2,000)
- Tully, Dungloe - Tully Boatshed, for angling boat repair and storage - Rosses Anglers Association (€21,492)
- Gweebarra, Coolvoy, Doochary - Salmon fishing enhancement project - Gweebarra Fishing Club (€4,000)
- Dunfanaghy, Sessiagh and Purt Lakes - Replacement lake boats to improve angling access - Dunfanaghy Angling Association (€6,575)
- Lough Keel, Skerry, Kilmacrennan - Angling boats to improve access to angling - The Letterkenny & District Anglers Association (€5,684)
- Loughanure, Anangry - Wheelchair/Less-Abled lake access - Loughanure Anglers (€11,269)
- Bunagee Pier, Culdaff - Junior Sea Angling Taster Sessions - Culdaff Sea Angling Club (€4,275)
- Owencarrow River, Glen Lough and Lough Natooey, Creeslough - Development Plan 2014-18 for Angling, Tourism and Conservation on the Creeslough Fisheries - Creeslough & District Angling Association (€223,750)
- Ray River, Carrowcanon, Falcaragh - Ray River habitat rehabilitation project - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€27,000)
- Marketing & Promotion of Game & Sea Angling in Donegal by the Donegal Angling Tourism Alliance (DATA) - Creeslough & District Angling Association (€24,638)
- Crolly River, Gweedore - Crolly River Habitat Restoration and Improvement - Crolly Angling Association (€5,760)
- Royal Canal & Grand Canal - Expansion of summer youth angling programme - Finglas Youth Resource Centre (€5,988)
- Straffan to Celbridge Fishery, Co Kildare - Feasibility report on the Straffan to Celbridge Fishery - Dublin Trout Anglers’ Association (€2,000)
- Marketing and promotional events to grow angling club membership - Dublin Trout Anglers Association (€1,300)
- Calla, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe - Disabillity carpark and access point and new permanent fishing stand - Kilconnell Community Development Association Ltd (€6,810)
- Owenglin River, Couravoughill, Clifden - Improvement of Owenglin river access walkway - Clifden Trout Anglers Association (€19,530)
- Tuam - Angling equipment to develop youth angling - Outdoor Ranger Ltd (€2,000)
- Leenane public carpark - Fisheries species, habitat and angling information signage - Leenane Development Association (€122)
- Bundorragha River, Bundorragha, Whin Pool, Leenane; Finlough Weed Control, Delphi, Leenane - Angling Access Delphi Fishery - Delphi Fishery Ltd (€1,614)
- Clare River south bank from Claregalway village in the townland of Lakeview to the most easterly point of the townland of Lydacan - Clare River angler access from Claregalway to Gortatleva (Phase 1) - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€7,888)
- Dawros River, Kylemore, Letterfrack, Connemara - Kylemore Abbey Angling Access Programme - Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Ltd (€19,881)
- Annaghdown; Ballindiff; Commercial boat club, Galway City; Collinamuuck; Cornamona; Cong, Co Mayo; Oughterard; Moycullen; Headford; Kilbeg; Cross, Co Mayo - Fisheries enhancement and angling access project - Lough Corrib Angling Trout Federation (€3,517)
- Abbert River, Monivea - Tiquin Area - Abbert River Spawning & Habitat Regeneration - Cairde Na Chlair (€56,685)
- Baurisheen, Oughterard - Purchase of boats to improve angler access - Kevin Molloy Boat Hire (€4,375)
- Kilroe (Cahermorris) River, Kilroe, Annaghdown - Fencing & in-stream development - Annaghdown Angling Club (€3,026)
- Bunownen River, Glencroff area and Leenane - West of Leenane Invasive Species Survey and Management Plan - Forum Connemara CLG (€1,837)
- Carrick Shore, Clonbur - Angling boats to improve angler access - Hugh O'Donnell (€4,000)
- River Bunowen - Rock ramp on River Bunowen, Ahascragh - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€120,000)
- Lough Corrib, Glann, Oughterard - Angling boats to improve angler access - Lough Corrib Boats (€7,500)
- Glencorbet, Kylemore - Kylemore Riverbank and spawning bed restoration project - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€10,238)
- Bealanabrack River, Kilmilken, Maam - Riparian management, Bealanabrack - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€4,400)
- Big River, Tralee - Big River Habitat Improvement Scheme - Kerry County Council (€12,335)
- River Feale, Triereragh, Duagh, Listowel - Access road, car park and disabled angling stands and box type bridge and guard rails - Daniel O Donoghue (€22,000)
- River Feale, Triereragh, Duagh - Feasibility study, environmental impact study and document preparation into the improving access to angling for disabled persons - Daniel O Donoghue (€4,373)
- Dungeel, Gortnascarry, Ballymalis and Beaufort - Walkways Stiles and Bridges Roadways and Carpark Improvements - Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association (€2,033)
- Various beaches and public bridges and piers - Youth angling development project - Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (€7,470)
- River Laune, Killorglin - Angling equipment for pilot youth angling development programme - Caragh Bridge Angling Club (€1,012)
- Kellyville Lake, Ballintubbert, Co Laois - Feasibility Study on water levels in Kellyville Lake in Laois by Kildare-based club - Athy & District Anglers Club (€6,300)
- Angling Marketing Guide: Discover Angling in Leitrim - Leitrim Integrated Development Company CLG (€1,197)
- River Loobagh, Kilmallick - Invasive species identification and Management Program in the Ballyhoura Catchment area - Ballyhoura Development CLG (€667)
- Lough Leebeen, Rathmore, Aughnacliffe - Provision of a public toilet for the use of anglers in Leebeen Park, Aughnacliffe - Leebeen Park Development Ltd (€9,072)
- Lanesborough - Equipment for youth angling initiative - St. Mel's College Angling Club (€800)
- Lakes in and surrounding areas of Longford - Small easy to manage boat for less able persons to access angling - Melview Lodge (€3,143)
River Dee, Cappogue, on Drumcar Weir - Dee Fish Counter Project 2017 - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€31,467)
River Boyne, Boyne Valley - Boyne Valley Fishing Guides website enhancement - Boyne Valley Fishing Guides (€1,950)
- Altnabrocky River, Bellacorrick - Protection of further spawning areas & bank reinforcement - R Hewat (GlenAlt Syndicate) (€15,000)
- River Erriff, townland of Glennacally - Erriff bank protection/ Western Way walk 2017 - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€23,383)
- River Moy at Tawnaghbeg, Straide, Foxford and four other locations - Tourist and Angler Information Maps - East Mayo Anglers Association (€5,763)
- Lough Corrib, Cong - Replacement of timber walkway and redevelopment of The Roach Pond, Cong - Cong and District Anglers Association (€7,380)
- River Moy, Laghtmacdurkan & Ardhoom Tds, Meelick, Swinford - Erecting/Replacement of stiles and footbridges along club waters of the River Moy - East Mayo Anglers Association (€4,059.08)
- Erriff River, Letterass, Kilbride - Development of angling access and walk way facilities at Aasleigh Falls - Mayo County Council (€12,500)
- Cuilbaun, Tawnaghbeg, Straide, Foxford - Disabled Anglers Facility - East Mayo Anglers Association (€154,087)
- Newport Quay and Clew Bay - Equipment for training novice sea anglers - Newport Sea Angling Club (€1,103)
- Cushlough, Ballinrobe - Car park resurfacing and parking alignment & security fencing - Ballinrobe and District Anglers Association (€21,263)
- Carrowniskey River, Carrowniskey, Louisburgh - Riverbank regeneration, Carrowniskey - Anthony Jordan (€529)
- Louisburgh - Carrownisky River Rehabilitation Project - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€9,080)
- Owenmore River, Drummin East - Owenmore (Drummin East) Bank Rehabilitation Project - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€6,150)
- Fish Counter replacement - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€31,467)
- Glenummera, Teevnabinnia - Bank reinstatement and rehabilitation of the Glenummera River, which is one of the main spawning tributaries of Delphi Fishery for wild salmon and sea trout - Delphi Fishery Ltd (€15,000)
- Kells Blackwater, from Lough Ramor, Co Cavan to Headford Bridge, Kells - Tourist/Visitor mapping and pamphlet design and production - Kells Anglers Association (€1,580)
- River Boyne, Ballybatter, Balreask New and Balreask Old, Navan - Fisheries enhancement project - Navan Anglers (€7,740)
- Trimblestown and Boycestown - Installation of fencing, drinkers, deflectors, top up gravel shoals, bank protection works etc - Trim Athboy Angling Association (€15,000)
- River Deel, Grange Beg, Killucan, Westmeath - Deel habitat enhancement - Boyne Catchment Angling Association (€15,000)
- Kells Blackwater, Carnaros - Hartion's Bridge - Instream habitat enhancement works - Kells Anglers Association (€15,000)
- River Boyne, Athlumney, Navan - Spawning gravel - Navan Anglers (€4,920)
- Lough Muckno (Fane Catchment) Concra, Castleblayney - Develop Angling Access at South Lodge, Lough Muckno - Monaghan Co Council (€111,369)
- Anny Shore, Lough White, Anny - Resurfacing of existing access road and carpark - Monaghan Co Council (€20,549)
- Lisgillan, White Lake, Cremorne, Co Monaghan - Improvement of access road and carpark - Monaghan Co Council (€29,206)
- South Shore, Lough Major, Ballybay - Improve access to the fishing stands - Monaghan Co Council (€1,706)
- Knappagh Water, Lacken, Cortubber - Upgrading and providing new fishing infrastructure - Bawn Area Community Group Limited (€15,270)
- Tullamore River, Tullamore - Feasibility study of the Tullamore River - Offaly County Council (€2,000)
- Grange Lake, Strokestown - Angling equipment to develop tourism & access to Strokestown lakes - Grange Lodge (€4,467)
- Shannon River, Lackan Td, Kilteevan - Portrunny Slipway, Lough Ree - Roscommon County Council (€50,000)
- Frances River (Suck catchment), Castlerea - Fisheries enhancement on the Frances River, Castlrea - Castlerea Town Trust (€24,601)
- Bealnamullia, Cuilleen & Ardgawna townlands, Monksland, Athlone - Cross River Walkway - Roscommon County Council (€50,000)
- River Shannon - Quayside wall, Ballyleague & various locations at Lough Ree - Feasibility study for a new angling centre, boat and tourism facility - Lough Ree Angling Hub (€935)
- Cavetown Croghan, Boyle - Cavetown Angling Renewal/Development: Reinstate fishing stands, erection of foot stileriparian zone improvement, fish passage improvement, spawning enhancement and provision of in stream structures - Cavetown Residents Developments Company (€98,144)
- Portrunny, Fearragh, Ballymurray - Portrunny Aquatic Biodiversity Sign - Portrun Development Association CLG (€1,728)
- Bellanascarrow Lake, Lavally, Ballymote - Upgrade of access for mobility impaired anglers and enhancement to existing angling facilities - Ballymote & District Angling Club (€17,374)
- Western end Lough Gill at Aughamore Far - Replacement jetty structure Aghamore Far, Lough Gill - Sligo Anglers Association (€15,456)
- The falls and ladders Ballisodare fishery, Ballisodare - Part funding of fisheries angling access development project - ballisodare fishing club ltd (€20,000)
- River Easkey, Dromore West - Habitat enhancement and angler access improvement - River Easkey Angling Club (€13,500)
- Duff River, Bunduff - Duff River Angling Access Path - Sligo County Council (€40,312)
- Lough Gill, Hazelwood Demesne Td, Calry - Restoration of breakwater, silt removal of semi enclosed area and boat slip clearance. - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€6,089)
- Garavogue River, Cleveragh Demesne - Assessment of the potential environmental impact for the installation of four accessible angling stands on Garavogue River - Sligo County Council (€2,000)
- River Anner - River enhancement and restoration programme on River Anner - Clonmel Tourism CE (€32,000)
- Glengoole, Thurles - Lough Doire Bhile, Tree planting to improve shelter for anglers in open area - Sliabh Ardagh Rural Development CLG (€6,797)
- Blackwater (main channel) from Ballagh Bridge to Favour Royal - Feasibility study to develop access to southern bank of Northern Blackwater - River Blackwater Catchment Trust (€5,000)
- Knockaderry Reservoir, Kilmeaden - Replacement of angling boats - Waterford City and County Trout Anglers Association (€9,850)
- River Blackwater, Salterbridge, Cappoquin - Repair and improve access to stream deflector - Cappoquin Salmon and Trout Anglers Association (€27,236)
- Tudenham Stream, Rochfort Demense, Mullingar - Tudenham Stream enhancement - Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€10,509)
- Kilpatrick, Hopestown, Mullingar - Kilpatrick Stream enhancement - Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€13,939)
- Mid Shannon and nearby lakes and waterways - Angling marketing material for Athlone.ie - Westmeath County Council (€2,000)
- Tullaghan, Lough Owel, Mullingar - Jeep & trailer parking to increase angling access at Tullaghan, Lough Owel, Mullingar - Westmeath County Council (€24,372)
- Lough Derravagh, Dunore Shore, Multyfarnham - Boat slip improvement and jetty - Lough Derravargh Angling Club (€39,800)
- River Vartry, Ashford - River Vartry rehabilitation: Tree pruning and invasive species removal - River Vartry Protection Society (€13,025)
- Arklow Harbour - Sea angling access ladders upgrade in Arklow Harbour - Wicklow County Council (€10,267)
- Angling equipment to assist local community groups in providing their students and clients with access to supervised angling activities - Fishing Futures c/o Wicklow Travellers Group (€1,630)
- Wicklow Harbour - Sea angling access ladders upgrade in Wicklow Harbour - Wicklow County Council (€10,267)
- Bray Harbour - Sea angling access ladders upgrade in Bray Harbour - Wicklow County Council (€10,267)
- Possible filming locations are as follows: Spring time roach fishing - River Shannon, Portumna; Bream fishing in Ireland - Timplehouse lake, Ballymote, Co Sligo; Hybrids fishing on the feeder - Garadice lake, Co. Leitrim; Pole fishing in Ireland - River Inny or River Shannon; Canal Fishing in Ireland, Grand Canal - Promotional Angling Videos - Cathal Hughes Angling (€1,875)
- Dublin Angling Initiative (covering Louth, Dublin, Wicklow, Meath, Kildare) - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€70,062)
- Dublin Angling Initiative angling equipment - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€8,057)
- Atlas of Big Fish in Ireland - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€35,603)
- Youth Angling Development - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€80,259)
- Pop up pond - bring angling to the people - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€1,100)
- Angling simulator for introduction to youth angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland (€2,000)
Some 19 funding grants in total have been made in the area of specialist marine equipment and small infrastructure, totalling more than €2.5 million.
The Higher Education Institutes (HEI) sector will receive 14 of these grants with five being granted to industry-led proposals (SMEs). The funding grants range from €20,000 to €200,000, with industry being funded at 75 per cent — meaning that these will also leverage private investment in specialist marine equipment for research and innovation development.
The ocean law and marine governance grant is being made to a partnership project between the MaREI Centre and University College of Cork School of Law. The funding amounts to €800,000 and will run over four years, employing three researchers with contributions from 12 MaREI and five UCC School of Law staff.
More than 20 researchers attended the announcement of the grants yesterday (Wednesday 22 November) in Dublin city centre.
“I’m delighted to announce these funding grants which herald the next step forward for many new projects in our marine sector,” said Minister Creed. “The funding for marine research equipment helps to target a gap in funding that exists between supports available to Higher Education Institutes via HEA and support from Ireland’s development agencies such as SFI and Enterprise Ireland.
“These grants will allow the marine research and innovation community to purchase specialist equipment needed to support their current and future research activities.”
Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute, said the funding grants would enable pioneering marine research projects to develop in decades to come.
“The ocean law and marine governance grant marks a very important step in investing further in the area of marine law and governance,” he said.
“During the development of the National Marine Research and Innovation Strategy, it was indicated that this important research area should be supported and the Marine Institute, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Foreign Affairs were consulted and a call was launched for a project-based funding grant.
“We are delighted that the MaREI Centre and UCC School of Law will be collaborating on this project which is called Navigate and will be led and co-ordinated by Dr Anne Marie O’Hagan, a senior post-doctoral research fellow in the Marine and Coastal Governance Group in the MaREI Centre.”
Ciaran Cannon, Minister of State for International Development, addressed representatives from more than 200 countries at the EU conference, stressing the importance of promoting and protecting the world's marine resources for present and future generations.
Aside from the new funding for mapping and research, Minister Cannon also announced the roll-out of a 'groundbreaking' Global Citizenship marine environment education module for school children from September 2017 onwards.
“This programme will increase ocean literacy by fostering understanding of the important role our oceans play in our lives, how individual actions can affect them and how we can act together to protect them,” he said.
Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan explained that the new module supports the aims of the institute’s own Explorers Education Programme “to build on Ireland's marine and maritime heritage by increasing awareness of the value, opportunities and social benefits of our ocean wealth and identity.”
Meanwhile, Minister Cannon committed to €320,000 in funding to the 2017 Clean Coasts programme and its more than 550 volunteer groups established in Ireland to date.
Also noted was an expansion of the 2015 Fishing for Litter programme, and continued contributions to support developing countries engagement at the UN on issues relating to marine governance.
In addition, Minister Cannon reaffirmed Ireland's commitment to prohibit the sale or manufacture of certain products containing microbeads, announced at the UN in June of this year.
#MarineScience - Offshore earthquakes and cold water coral in subsea canyons in Irish waters are among 26 projects awarded €45 million in research investment through the Science Foundation Ireland's Investigators Programme, announced last week by Minister of State for Training and Skills, John Halligan.
“This funding recognises some of Ireland’s top researchers and enables them to advance vital research areas in Ireland,” said the minister. “I am confident that the teams being supported will generate important new scientific breakthroughs.”
The 26 research projects will support 94 research positions over the next five years.
“In addition, today’s investment provides 20 companies with access to invaluable expertise and infrastructure across the country,” said Minister Halligan. “These collaborations between industry and academia are integral to further enhancing Ireland’s reputation for research excellence.”
To strengthen and accelerate research in key strategic areas of national interest, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) collaborates with several funding agencies and public bodies through the SFI Investigators Programme.
Six of the research projects received co-funding worth a total of €3 million from Teagasc, the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Marine Institute, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Marine Institute and the Geological Survey of Ireland are co-funding two marine science awards with SFI to the value of €2.65 million.
Professor Sergei Lebedev of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) has been awarded €1,248,989 to investigate the structure, evolution and seismic hazard of Ireland’s offshore territory.
With 90% of Ireland’s territory offshore, it represents vast resources but also hazards, with offshore earthquakes posing the biggest risk with the potential to trigger undersea landslides and tsunamis.
Prof Lebedev’s team will for the first time deploy an array of ocean-bottom, broadband seismometers offshore which, together with existing arrays onshore, will cover the entire Irish territory.
Professor Andy Wheeler of University College Cork has been awarded €874,329 to explore and monitor cold water corals in submarine canyons in the deep ocean and determine their sensitivity to climate change and fisheries and oil industry impacts.
Prof Wheeler’s team will used advanced robotic technology and novel 3D visualisation and will make recommendations for sustainable responsible fisheries and hydrocarbon activity and for effective management during climate change.
Dr Ciaran Kelly, R&D manager at the Marine Institute, said, “The Marine Institute is delighted to partner with SFI again in co-funding these important projects through the investigators programme, together with our INFOMAR programme partners, Geological Survey of Ireland.
“This collaboration will accelerate our knowledge of key processes of the deep ocean bringing longstanding benefits to society.”
For more information on the 26 projects funded through the SFI Investigators Programme see www.sfi.ie.
#Angling - Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Inland Fisheries, has today (Wednesday 9 August) welcomed a new €2 million funding call from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) for angling projects and conservation initiatives.
The funding call, which consists of three separate funding streams, will help ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced into the future.
The 2017 IFI funding call is made up of the following funds:
- Salmon Conservation Fund to a maximum of €500,000
- Midland Fisheries Fund of €50,000
- National Strategy for Angling Development Fund (NSAD) €1,500,000
“As minister with responsibility for Inland Fisheries, I have ensured that significant funding under the National Strategy for Angling Development was available from my Department in 2017 to help Inland Fisheries Ireland develop a wide ranging investment initiative,” said Minister Kyne.
“I welcome the fact that the funding programme is rooted in community-led actions and I support Inland Fisheries Ireland in its enhancement plans. I also want to encourage angling bodies, community groups and local authorities to take up the funding opportunity and meet the development challenge at local, regional and national level.”
IFI is inviting applications for funding for projects across a number of areas, from fisheries habitat enhancement and sustainable development works to marketing and promotional projects for angling.
Applications are invited from groups, associations, clubs, local authorities or other appropriate bodies looking to improve Ireland’s fisheries resource.
IFI chief executive Dr Ciaran Byrne said: “Today’s announcement sees Inland Fisheries Ireland make over €2 million available to communities nationwide, for projects which will help contribute to an accessible and sustainable world class inland fisheries and sea angling resource for all.
“We want to ensure that we continue to invest in conservation, while also developing our angling offering in Ireland. While the National Strategy for Angling Development funding stream focuses on improving angling access with a view to attracting more domestic and overseas anglers to the pursuit, the Salmon Conservation Fund and Midland Fisheries Fund re-invest the contributions of anglers into valuable initiatives which a view to promoting the recovery of salmon stocks and habitats and supporting sustainable development works in the Midlands respectively.”
IFI will hold regional information workshops for those interested in applying for funding with a view to giving participants a better understanding of the various funding streams and how they can apply via an online system.
The workshops will take place at the following locations and dates (7pm each date unless otherwise stated):
- Tuesday 29 August - Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
- Wednesday 30 August - Castle Hotel, Macroom, Co Cork
- Thursday 31 August - Maldron Hotel, Southern Ring Road, Roxboro, Limerick
- Monday 4 September - CityNorth Hotel, Gormanston, Co Meath
- Tuesday 5 September - Great National Hotel, N26 Dublin Road, Ballina, Co Mayo
- Wednesday 6 September - Menlo Park Hotel, Headford Road, Co Galway
- Tuesday 12 September - Harvey's Point Country Hotel, Lough Eske, Donegal Town
- Thursday 14 September - Athlone Springs Hotel, Monksland, Athlone, Co Roscommon
- Tuesday 19-Thursday 21 September (all day) - National Ploughing Championships, Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly
Members of the public who will be attending the workshops are asked to RSVP to [email protected], indicating which workshop they will be going to along with their name and contact details.
The closing date for applications to IFI’s 2017 funding call is Friday 13 October. For more information and to apply, see the IFI website HERE.