£48,000 FUNDING BOOST FOR ENGLISH FISHING INDUSTRY – Fishupdate.com

£48,000 FUNDING BOOST FOR ENGLISH FISHING INDUSTRY Published:  20 June, 2011

In May 2011 the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) approved over £48,000 of grants for the English fishing industry from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).

Six projects across England have been awarded the funding, which will support improvements on fishing vessels, investments in fish processing and work that will benefit groups within the fishing industry. The development represents a total investment of £98,000 in the English fishing industry once other public and private match funding towards the projects is included.

Fishing vessel owners have been granted over £23,000, of which £13,000 will be used to install new winch equipment on a vessel in Norfolk and £10,000 towards fitting a more fuel efficient engine on a Brixham-based trawler.

Fishermen in Hartlepool are also set to benefit from an £8,000 grant which will be used towards electrical and security improvements on the quayside.

A company in Redcar is set to receive around £10,000 towards new crab meat extraction equipment and a fisherman in Essex has also been awarded around £3,000 which will be used towards a skate skinning machine.

In addition £2,200 has been awarded to support the Shellfish Association of Great Britain in developing a mobile phone application based on their oyster tasting guide. This aims to increase demand for the species.

The MMO administers the EFF in England, through which £38 million has been made available towards improvements on fishing vessels, to help processing companies and aquaculture producers and towards developments which will benefit groups in the industry, such as harbour and port improvements.

More information is available from http://www.marinemanagement.org.uk/fisheries/funding/index.htm