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Support for coastal communities

Friday May 25th, 2018

Fishing vessels and processing businesses to benefit from £6.9 million funding (May 25th).scottishgovernment_logo

More than £6.9 million will be invested in projects to help fishing fleets land and sell their catch and support jobs in coastal communities.

The sixth round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will award grants to 107 projects across Scotland.

The funding includes around £182,587 for the purchase and installation of a new ice plant at Mallaig Harbour which will protect the quality of catch landing in the west coast.

Around 83 individual vessels will receive funding to upgrade their monitoring or storage systems, or towards new fishing gear while Seafood Scotland will be awarded £526,602 to help the sector break into new export markets.

Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing announced the funding at the annual Skippers Expo in Aberdeen, he said:

From grants which are helping vessels upgrade their equipment, to funding for harbour improvements and better storage facilities, this £6.9 million investment is supporting the whole fisheries supply chain reach into new markets and improve the quality of their produce.

“The range of projects this investment is benefitting shows exactly how reliant our coastal communities are on this European funding stream.

“Where the UK Government has provided options, these are light on detail and full of potential pitfalls. They must quickly clarify these options and guarantee fishing communities will not lose out on the opportunities, which a clear funding decision offers them. Planning for the future must start now with the Scottish Government fully involved.”

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