Cash boost for fisheries projects –

Cash boost for fisheries projects Published:  23 October, 2007

One project will look at monkfish stocks

GRANTS worth over £700,000 have been awarded by the final assessment panel under the FIFG grants scheme run by the Marine and Fisheries Agency.

The money, supplemented by over £1.8m of other contributions, will add value to many sectors of the industry.

A total of 23 wide-ranging projects was agreed. These include the funding of assessments by the Marine Stewardship Council on stocks of Dover sole, monkfish, and megrim in the English Channel and South West approaches.

The assessments will demonstrate what the fisheries have to do to become or remain sustainable. The initiative for this came from the fishing industry itself, whose working knowledge of the stocks is vital.

The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations will receive a grant to fund on-board observers in the cod recovery zone in a small scale project working with fisheries managers and scientists aimed at improving selectivity by exploring the practicalities of compliance with EU catch composition rules.

Funds awarded for a tender process to develop the West Quay at North Shields aligning an Economic Impact Assessment and a design and costings report could lead eventually to a significant regeneration at the port.

The shellfish industry wins money to set up a group to establish protocols for reporting on commercial shellfish stocks.

The FIFG scheme is now closed to applications. Details of the introduction of its successor, the European Fisheries Fund, will be announced next year. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.