DAERA's Inland Fisheries and Marine Conservation attended the annual Celebration of Sport event, this year held at Antrim Forum on Friday 24 March.

The event is in its ninth year and encompasses a full range of sporting activities. MFD staff took the opportunity to highlight the sport of angling, in conjunction with our fabulous Public Angling Estate, and emphasise the splendid work conducted by the marine conservation team across NI.

Local schools from the Antrim area attended, with up to eight hundred pupils passing through the dedicated Inland Fisheries and Marine stands.

Although local personalities from the world of sport (soccer, GAA, boxing, ice-hockey) were in attendance, the school kids seemed more enthused with the angling goodies available, along with the various marine artifacts on display and the latest marine survey equipment. Staff were extremely busy answering questions from both the pupils and their teachers. Disability sports were also high on the event agenda, and again, Inland Fisheries staff took the opportunity to promote disabled angling in the Public Angling Estate, with its accessible infrastructure designed to meet the needs of the disabled angler.

Overall, another highly successful day for Inland Fisheries and Marine Conservation, engaging with the younger and potential new angler in the community.

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