Fisheries Response Fund (FRF) appeals process

Friday July 3rd, 2020

Details of the appeals process for the Fisheries Response Fund (FRF) and how individuals can boats

£9 million financial assistance for England’s fishing and aquaculture businesses in response to Covid-19 was announced by Defra and HM Treasury on 17 April 2020.
The Fisheries Response Fund (FRF) was set up to directly contribute towards the fixed business costs of over 1200 catching and aquaculture businesses adversely impacted by the downturn of export and domestic markets for fish and shellfish.
The FRF scheme had a fixed financial limit, with qualifying criteria designed to ensure financial support was provided to help businesses most impacted by covid-19 to meet their fixed costs.
A formal appeals process has been put in place to consider cases where individuals feel they have evidence to suggest they met the criteria but have not received payment.

Whilst there may be instances where individuals have been unable to meet these criteria, for example due to vessel licensing, vessels under construction/repair, ill health or direct sales which are not required to be recorded through RBS, appeals will only be accepted if the applicant can prove that they met the original scheme criteria.

Individuals who have already contacted MMO in line with the original disputes process will have their case considered under this appeals procedure and will receive a response by the end of July 2020.

Any individuals who have not yet contacted MMO and consider their eligibility to receive funds under the FRF has been incorrectly assessed should contact [email protected], with supporting evidence, by 30 July 2020. Any appeals received after this date will not be considered.

MMO will continue to work with and identify ways to support the seafood industry both in the current circumstances and to ensure a sustainable, prosperous industry for the future.

Guidance to the current support available to the fishing industry is on MMO’s website

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