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48,000 Boost For Fishing Industry

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
13 June 2011, at 1:00am

ENGLAND, UK - The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced that it has approved grants from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) which are totalled around 48,000 and will go towards England's fishing industry.

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, which aims to increase demand for the species.

The MMO will administer the EFF in England, through which around £38 million has been made available to help the country’s fishing industry adapt to changing needs. For more information on applying for the grants available is available in the apply for funding section.

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