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Fishing Industry Gets 1.4 Million Grants Boost

UK - Over 1.4 million has been awarded to the English fishing industry from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

Around 767,000 of the funding has been awarded to processing companies, 437,000 for actions that will benefit groups working in the fishing industry and 245,000 towards a development in the aquaculture sector. The money, awarded to eight individual projects, will help safeguard over 120 jobs and could create up to 18 additional roles.

The total value of the projects, when other public and private sector match funding is included, is more than 3.3 million.

The biggest single award approved by the panel of judges was around 489,000 to Jaines and Son, a fish processing and wholesale company which currently employs approximately 30 people in Grimsby. The grant will help the company to relocate to a purpose built facility on the Europarc development to the west of the town.

Catherine Murphy, Programme Manager for the European Fisheries Fund in England, said: "By backing the expansion of processing companies the EFF is not just helping to protect and create jobs for people directly employed by them but also helping local fishing fleets too."

"Supporting companies to increase their processing capacity and expand into new markets could in turn create more demand for local fisheries products."

The funding is also being awarded to support the delivery of training courses for over 3,000 fishermen across the UK, which it is hoped will be of particular benefit in leading to a reduction in the number of accidents, fatalities and vessel losses in the UK fishing industry.

So far this year a total of over 3.5 million has been awarded through the EFF scheme in England to help the countrys fishing fleet.

Money is available through the scheme for fishermen, processing and aquaculture businesses, towards marketing fish products and for projects which will benefit groups, such as harbour improvements.

Applications for the fund can be made at any time, however grants over 100,000 are considered by the judging panel which sits on a quarterly basis. Applications need to be received by 21 September for consideration at the next judging panel on 16 November.

For more information on the support available through the EFF scheme visit the MMO website or call 0300 123 1032.

the Fish Site Editor

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