• Habitats & Conservation Funding Call 2024 launches today
Rock made fish pass on a river
Rock ramp fish pass constructed in the River Burren, Co. Carlow, helping to make the barrier passable to a wide range of fish species

Inland Fisheries Ireland is to provide more than €1 million in new grants to support fish, and their habitats, in rivers nationwide.

Inland Fisheries Ireland(IFI)’s Habitats and Conservation funding call 2024 is now live, and expressions of interest can be made up to December 15th.

Since 2016, IFI has given more than €6 million in grants to over 280 projects throughout the country under the programme.

Riverbank habitat restoration works on the Stonyford River, Stonestown Co. Meath - showing recovery of riparian vegetation following fencing works.
Riverbank habitat restoration works on the Stonyford River, Stonestown Co. Meath – showing recovery of riparian vegetation following fencing works

IFI’s Habitats and Conservation Fund comprise two schemes – the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund, and the Midlands Fisheries Fund.

These competitive initiatives are financed from salmon and sea trout angling and commercial fishing licences in Ireland, and the sale of fishing permits.

In 2023, the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund provided a total of €99,273 to 24 projects in counties Cork, Offaly, Donegal, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Kildare, Sligo, Mayo, Meath, Wicklow and Westmeath. See details on this page.

Riverbank fencing and instream structures in the Kilroe River, Co. Galway, creating a habitat with varied depth and velocity of flow, favoured by invertebrates and salmonids
Riverbank fencing and instream structures in the Kilroe River, Co. Galway, creating a habitat with varied depth and velocity of flow, favoured by invertebrates and salmonids

Up to €50,000 is available through the Midlands Fisheries Fund to support angling and sustainable development works in the midlands fisheries group permit area.

Eligible angling clubs, fishery owners and other stakeholders are invited to express their interest in applying for funding.

Full application details, and comprehensive information is available to view here.