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Funding boost for Highland & Moray Fishing Communities

Tuesday February 27th, 2018

Over £220,000 has been awarded to projects in the latest round of funding through the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to boost the marine economy and create employment opportunities in fishing communities (February 26th).Government Opportunities

Ullapool Harbour Trust will receive £53,737 towards a new shellfish storage facility and landing derrick to support the local fishing industry and a further £100,000 to upgrade a nearby launching jetty and laydown area. Avoch Harbour Trust was awarded £41,913 towards harbour improvements including installation of pontoons to increase berthing space at the harbour.

Also successful were Loch Snizort Shellfish Ltd in their bid for £9,883 towards a new seafood café on the Isle of Skye while North 58 Sea Adventures received £16,208 to expand their marine tourism business to Lossiemouth.

Kevin Peach, Harbour Master, Ullapool Harbour Trust said: “Supporting the local inshore fleet is a large part of the Trusts remit, having a dedicated landing derrick and a live shellfish storage building is something we have aspired to for many years and thankfully with help of FLAG funding we can now realise these aspirations. Our launching jetty has been in existence for over 100 years and is in urgent need of upgrading, lengthening and widening to make it fit for purpose for today’s marine leisure sector and inshore fishing fleet. The extensive project will require significant investment and without FLAG funding the project would not be taken forward. I would like to thank the FLAG for the help and support throughout the application process and look forward to evaluating the impact of the funding once the works are complete.”

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