Written Answers. - Inland Fisheries Funding.

Rory O'Hanlon

Question:

674 Dr. O'Hanlon asked the Minister for the Marine the amount of European funding provided for inland fisheries in 1994 and 1995; the amount of money allocated to the Central Fisheries Board and each regional board; if all such moneys were drawn down; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16301/96]

The following table shows the amount of European funding earmarked for inland fisheries in 1994 and 1995 under the various EU programmes and initiatives and the actual drawdown in each case by beneficiaries, including the Fisheries Boards.

EU Programme

EU Funding 1994

EU Funding 1995

Provision

Actual Drawdown

Provision

Actual Drawdown

£IR

£IR

£IR

£IR

Fisheries Surveillance

442,300

440,727

550,000

445,970

Tourism Angling Measure of Operational Programme for Tourism, 1994-99

187,500

187,500

2,097,000

770,700

Fisheries Measure of INTERREG II Programme, 1994-99

Nil

Nil

422,250

Nil

Total

629,800

628,227

3,069,250

1,216,670

The Fisheries Surveillance Programme provides for an EU contribution of 50 per cent (less National taxes) towards certain expenditure association with the protection of salmon stocks. Three new fisheries protection vessels were acquired under the 1994 and 1995 programmes at a total cost of over almost £1.5 million.
The Tourism Angling Measure of the Operational Programme for Tourism provides for total investment of almost £19 million in the development of the tourism angling product. The main beneficiaries under this Measure include the Fisheries Boards, Angling Clubs, private fisheries owners, the Marine Institute, the Salmon Research Agency and the Office of Public Works.
The Fisheries Measures of the INTERREG II Programme provide for total investment of £2.5 million in the protection, conservation and development of fisheries in the Border Region. The first project to be approved for funding under these Measures, the £1.7 million Erne Salmon Rehabilitation Programme, was announced within recent weeks.
The table below shows the amount of money allocated to the Central Fisheries Board and each Regional Board in 1994 and 1995 under the Fisheries Surveillance Programme and the Tourism Angling Measure:

Board

Fisheries Surveillance

Tourism Angling Measure

Total

Allocation 1994

Allocation 1995

Allocation 1994

Allocation 1995

IR£

IR£

IR£

IR£

IR£

Central Fisheries Board

229,000

307,250

172,500

207,750

916,500

Eastern Regional Fisheries Board

5,600

7,750

13,350

Southern Regional Fisheries Board

5,000

19,750

750

25,500

South-Western Regional Fisheries Board

3,700

12,250

15,950

Shannon Regional Fisheries Board

3,500

7,750

32,250

43,500

Western Regional Fisheries Board

5,100

7,750

121,500

134,350

North-Western Regional Fisheries Board

6,300

33,500

223,500

263,300

Northern Regional Fisheries Board

3,600

14,000

19,500

37,100

Total

261,800

410,000

172,500

605,250

1,449,550