The EFF has already made a positive difference to the UK fisheries sector with over £90 million of European funding being committed to projects and fisheries local action groups (FLAGs) since the start of the scheme.
The continuation of EFF into 2014 will give applicants a chance to access European funding between now and the start of the successor scheme, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the details of which are still being agreed.
EFF funding remains available for a range of projects including fishing vessel improvements, aquaculture, fish processing and port and harbour regeneration.
Michelle More, EFF Programme Manager says "The continuation of EFF is great news for applicants – this will allow them more time to take advantage of the range of funding available under the EFF scheme.
"There will be individuals and businesses in the UK fisheries sector that have good project proposals and can utilise the EFF funding available to help them turn their ideas into a reality. I would urge all potential applicants to contact their EFF teams in the first instance to provide guidance on funding options and the applications process. Although funding is still available under all strands of the scheme I would recommend that applicants don’t delay in applying."
Applicants should note that the end date of 31 December 2015 by which time all projects must be completed remains unchanged.