Fisheries interests can apply to €107m scheme

RURAL coastal and fishing communities can apply for funding worth a total of €107 million to support sustainable economic growth in the marine sector and mitigate the impact of the discard ban.
The European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will also assist the development of sustainable aquaculture, provide support to the onshore seafood sector and towards training and safety advice throughout the supply chains.
The programme will open to applications on Monday, January 18 and will run until 2020.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead (pictured) said: ‘Our fishing industry is a crucial part of many rural and coastal communities and I am encouraging them to apply for a share of €107 million funding to support fishermen, processors, fishing communities and aquaculture sector.
‘This funding will also help the fleet adapt to the challenges of the discard ban, to manage our natural resources, conserve fish stocks, and play a meaningful role in improving global food security.
‘The importance of the new EMFF package to Scotland is clear and with the introduction of the discard ban it is more important than ever that Scottish interests are represented fairly and we get the best deal possible for our fishermen.’