£566,000 boost for key fishing projects – Fishupdate.com

£566,000 boost for key fishing projects Published:  24 October, 2011

SEVERAL important fishing projects at ports from Yorkshire and the Humber to Cornwall have been able to go-ahead, thanks to grants totalling £560,000 from the European Fisheries Fund and the Marine Management Organisation during the past five months, it was announced at the weekend.

 The funding was granted to 39 projects in England between June and this month and is being used to help a range of developments, including 15 fuel and safety improvement projects on vessels, 12 developments in fish processing and 12 projects which will benefit groups of people working in the industry Over £87,000 of the funding is being used towards fuel and safety projects on individual fishing vessels, including safety improvements on vessels in Essex and Scarborough and fitting new engines and associated equipment on boats in Cornwall and Devon.

Catherine Murphy, programme manager for the EFF in England said: “UK fuel prices are some of the highest in Europe and their continuing increase is a major concern for the fishing fleet. I’m pleased that we’re able to help with this by providing funding towards projects which deliver more fuel efficient working methods. Some of the projects we’ve recently funded will deliver reductions in fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 per cent.”

Under Axis 3 of the scheme, which supports common interest projects, over £214,000 was awarded. As a result of this funding refrigeration and ice provision in Whitby and Scarborough harbours is being improved, with around £34,000 being provided to Whitby Fish Sales Ltd towards the installation of new ice machines and a forklift truck. This has seen ice provision in Whitby relocated from the old ice plant on Pier Road, which is being disposed of by the local council due to its age.

Shaun Wood, chairman of Whitby Fish Sales, said: “The availability of ice is essential to keeping Whitby viable as a fishing port. Without this local and visiting vessels will simply go elsewhere. We’ve been resorting to a number of methods to try and keep a supply of ice available despite the lack of equipment, including bringing it in by road from Grimsby, which is just not practical in the long term.

“These grants are helping towards having two new ice machines in Whitby and two in Scarborough, meaning we can efficiently produce ice and make sure there’s always some available where and when it’s needed.

“We hope this support for the local fleet will have a positive effect on the towns too as the fishing industry is an integral part of their history and culture.”

A total of around £264,000 was also awarded to processing companies through Axis 2, of the scheme, including towards four projects in Devon and two in Grimsby.

For more information on the support available through the EFF see http://www.marinemanagement.org.uk/fisheries/funding/eff.htm or call 0300 123 1032.  Below are some of the main  projects (total number for each port or region in brackets):-

Devon (eleven in total)   including   ·  £21,000 towards installing tipping rails on a Brixham vessel, which will help to improve crew safety.;

· £20,000 towards installing new generators on a Brixham vessel

· £12,000 towards packaging equipment for a processing company in Newton Abbott

· around £64,000 towards providing bespoke radar training and helping fishing skippers and some crew to upskill and reach Maritime and Coastguard Agency certification standards. This will assist them to diversify into other areas of marine-related employment.     

Cornwall (seven) including £5,700 towards a new engine for a vessel in Newlyn. This aims to reduce annual costs by £750 and fuel consumption by around 1,250 litres.·    £2,000 towards a new engine for a vessel in Mevagissey. This aims to reduce fuel usage by up to 20 percent.   

North Yorkshire  (six) including     ·     £34,000 awarded to Whitby Fish Sales Ltd towards the installation of new ice machines in Scarborough and Whitby and a forklift truck.·       £36,000 to Whitby Seafoods Ltd towards the purchase of Multi Head Extrusion Equipment, which will make more efficient use of raw materials.    Cumbria   (two) including    ·  £7,000 towards a shellfish holding facility and other equipment such as an aeration system, to be used by a processing company in Seascale.   

Norfolk  (two) including  ·  £35,000 towards improving processing units and creating a new educational area at a factory in Briston. This will provide opportunities to inform the general public about fishermen and the fishing industry. It also aims to increase the company’s turnover by 20 percent and reduce operating costs by £500 per year.     

Grimsby  (two) including ·  Over £7,000 towards IT software and equipment which will help a processing company to improve traceability of its stock and over £46,000 to help a processing company purchase and install a new fish grading system      

Hull  (one)   £37,000 to help a Hull-based processing company to purchase and install a new weighing solution. This will deliver a number of benefits including reducing running costs and improving product through more efficient handling.