Almost £1million has been delivered to improve vital habitats and fish stocks benefiting anglers.

The Environment Agency’s Fisheries Improvement Programme (FIP) has delivered £925,000 worth of funding to make the improvements, including £220,000 in the South East

Funding has helped many projects such as the creation of new fish passes, protecting fish stocks, providing new angling platforms, and improving accessibility so more people than ever are able to enjoy the sport.

A number of significant projects across the South East have already been completed in the last year with more projects due to finish over the next few months thanks to the funding.

Paul Newman, an environment agency local fisheries officer, said: “The Fisheries Improvement Programme is a great way for the Environment Agency to support angling clubs.

"The projects will improve fish stocks and help to maintain the popularity of angling.

“Anglers often ask us about how we spend the money raised from the sale of fishing licences.

"The FIP is a prime example of the wide range of activities this income pays for to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries and boost the popularity of angling.

“We will continue to work with angling clubs and fisheries to find out more about the work and projects they would like to see.

"The more people who go fishing, the more we can invest into things that matter most.”