Scottish fisheries, processors receive new European, government funding

Sea fisheries and processing businesses in Scotland are to share more than GBP 5.6 million (USD 6.8 million, EUR 6.1 million) of funding, aimed at increasing growth and creating local jobs.

Comprising GBP 4.2 million (USD 5.1 million, EUR 4.6 million) from the European Union and GBP 1.4 million (USD 1.7 million, EUR 1.5 million) from the Scottish government, this eighth round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) includes GBP 1.3 million (USD 1.6 million, EUR 1.4 million) for trade body Seafood Scotland to help it maximize key export markets and GBP 1.35 million for JK Thomson in Musselburgh to support the construction of a new processing factory.

“The marine economy plays a vital role in supporting coastal communities and is critical to our ambitions to double the value of our food and drink industry,” said Mairi Gougeon, rural minister for Scotland. “From grants which will help open up existing and new export markets, to the funding of new and improved factory facilities, this GBP 5.6 million investment will support the marine economy supply chain, boosting growth and creating local jobs.”

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