English aquaculture: Apply for funding
Aquaculture producers in England are being urged to apply for support from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has revealed that less than 15 organisations and individuals in the aquaculture sector have so far applied for the grants on offer, despite over 380 areas being authorised for fish farming in England.
Between 40-50% funding is available towards developments in aquaculture through the EFF scheme, which is providing around £38 million between 2007 and 2013 to help the English fishing industry as a whole to adapt to changing needs.
The MMO attended the Shellfish Association of Great Britain’s annual conference on 17-18 May to tell delegates about the funding available. To coincide with this new guidance has also been published on the MMO website which provides information on EFF grants for aquaculture and tips on how to make a successful application.
Funding may be available towards products for human consumption, or those produced as food for farmed species, particularly species which aren’t widely produced and those for which demand is currently exceeding supply. The grants may also support projects benefitting groups within the industry, such as towards creating producer organisations and improving management of fishing areas.