Tourist anglers spent €89.9 million in Ireland in 2008, a marine leisure conference in Co Waterford heard recently.
The importance of angling to the economy was highlighted at the Rising Tide seminar in New Ross, an event focused on developing historical connections between Ireland and Newfoundland in Canada in the areas of fisheries, development and coastal tourism.
Speakers noted the "strong maritime tradition" along the south-east coast, the potential of the Waterford Estuary as a gateway to the region's inland waterways, and opportunities for development to tie in with next year's visit of the Tall Ships.
Minister of State for Fisheries, Sean Connick TD, also announced funding of €156,000 for Wexford harbours in tandem with Wexford County Council's allocation of €52,000.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.