Investing in Scottish fisheries

02 Mar 2017
Fergus Ewing: “In everything we do, we will continue to champion our shared interests and provide reassurances to fishing communities”

Fergus Ewing: “In everything we do, we will continue to champion our shared interests and provide reassurances to fishing communities”

Sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing businesses are to receive more than £8 million of EU and Scottish Government funding to boost growth, protect jobs and develop sustainability.

The latest round funding from the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will include £1.6 million for projects in Shetland and will deliver 41 projects to help businesses upgrade or modernise their equipment and move into new markets.

Fergus Ewing, Scottish Fisheries Secretary, said: “This is just one example of why EU funding is so important as it is helping the sea fisheries sector improve the quality of its products and enabling them to develop more environmentally friendly methods.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to overcome the damage Brexit will cause to jobs, trade, education and to our public services. In everything we do, we will continue to champion our shared interests and provide reassurances to fishing communities.”

Projects benefitting from the EMFF include the Shetland Fishermen’s Association which is one of seven projects in Shetland to receive funding. It will get more than £11,500 to improve safety equipment for its South Shore Fishing Association vessels.

Other projects include Box Pool Solutions in Aberdeen, which provides boxes for fishermen to sell their produce at markets including Peterhead. It will receive nearly £1.2 million for its new facility and equipment.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will receive £1.8 million for its independent on-board observer scheme, which supports initiatives to address potential problems related to discard bans.

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