The funding is comes from the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund.
Inland Fisheries Ireland has announced the 24 projects awarded a total of €999,272 from the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund, two of which are based in Kildare.
The fund supports sustainable development initiatives to ensure native salmon and sea trout can survive and thrive, and overcome challenges they face in the wild.
Announcing the projects, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, said: “I welcome the nearly €1m in funding which IFI is investing in projects across Ireland to improve and protect our incredibly important freshwater fish and their habitats.
“Our rivers are like the nature and biodiversity arteries of the country. Since the 1980s we have seen a significant deterioration in their water quality, putting our freshwater fish and their habitats under considerable stress.
“It is crucial to protect and futureproof our natural resources and this funding helps to do that. It is particularly encouraging to see applicants to the scheme taking on the stewardship over their local natural amenities.”
The Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation and Protection Fund has provided over €3.75m to different groups and fisheries development experts since 2016.
In this round of funding, €1,300 has been awarded for a river restoration project on the Rye River that joins the River Liffey.
This will mainly focus on spawning restoration on a degraded channel with a severe decline in Atlantic salmon.
Meanwhile, the Clane Trout and Salmon Anglers Association received almost €5,000 to carry out a feasibility study of the River Liffey in Clane on aquatic and terrestrial weed management, with possible identification on sources of enrichment.