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Fishing’s Future

Cash made available for UK’s sea fishing trade


Recreational sea fishing in the UK has been boosted by government funding of up to £1 million.

The money has been made available for coastal communities to invest in new and improved infrastructure for the sport.

Eligible applicants can bid for between £10,000 and £100,000 to invest in projects to upgrade fishing facilities, support the protection and recovery of the marine environment and provide training for anglers to be more sustainable in their activities.

The government announcement says the UK has an estimated two million sea anglers, and that the sport contributes over £800 million to the UK economy annually, boosting local economies through bait and tackle supply, tournaments, boat rentals and tourism.

The funding will also ensure the future of sea fishing by backing projects to enhance piers and harbours, create better access and promote fishing competitions.

“Recreational sea fishing is a small but mighty part of our fishing industry,” said Fisheries Minister Mark Spencer (pictured). “It contributes to the economic growth of coastal communities and is a much-loved sport that can improve health and well-being.

“This new round of funding will encourage the development and expansion of the sport in coastal areas, promote and support more sustainable fishing practices and ultimately make recreational fishing bigger and better across the UK.”

The funding will be open until June 19th, 2023. Applications should be made here

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