Scottish fishery, aquaculture projects receive GBP 4.8 million EU funding
A share of the latest round of European Maritime and Fisheries Funding (EMFF) awards has been granted to 29 fishery and aquaculture projects across Scotland, totaling GBP 4.8 million (USD 6.1 million, EUR 5.4 million).
“This seventh round of EMFF grants will provide a vital financial ‘leg-up’ to projects from the Shetland Islands to Dumfries and Galloway – with the nearly GBP 5 million invested helping to support the whole fisheries supply chain to reach into new markets, and improving the overall quality of Scottish produce,” Scottish Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing said.
The new funding will also help to support the growth potential of Scotland’s shellfish sector, reinforce the importance of training, health and welfare within salmon aquaculture, and support an initiative to assess the health of wild salmon stocks. And GBP 400,000 (USD 511,080, EUR 449,699) will be put towards a voluntary safety training project for fishermen.
Ewing added that Scotland’s coastal communities will welcome this “real and practical support” as they now face “a period of great uncertainty,” due to the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
“At the moment we still don’t know what, if anything, will replace the EMFF after Brexit. The U.K. government must provide clarity on that for our fishermen as soon as possible,” he said.