European Maritime Fisheries Fund open for applications

Published Date: 

18 Jul 2017 - 10:41

Local fishing communities, and the aquaculture and maritime industries, can apply for a share of almost £1 million of funding  from the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The Argyll and Ayrshire Fisheries Local Action Group (AAFLAG) has announced that the Argyll and Ayrshire European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is open for applications.

Grants to cover up to 50% of total eligible project costs are available for projects with a direct link to fishing or aquaculture and which promote the sustainable economic development of traditional fishing communities. Applicants will be required to show how their project fits with the objective and at least one of the priorities of the Argyll and Ayrshire FLAG.

Alastair McNeill, Chairman of the Argyll and Ayrshire Fisheries Local Action Group, said:

“The European Maritime Fisheries Fund will enable additional European funding investment to be made in the fishing and aquaculture sectors, associated industries and facilities. The FLAG process allows industry representatives to influence where the investment should be made in line with the Local Development Strategy.

“The investment will help create business opportunities and support employment reflecting the importance of the inshore sector as well as the communities it supports. To ensure maximum benefits from the funding people are encouraged to submit applications at their earliest opportunity.”

The FLAG is made up of representatives from a wide range of public, private and community sector organisations with an interest in the vitality of fishing communities throughout the area. It is administered by Argyll and Bute Council and is funded by the Argyll and the Islands LEADER programme.

In the first instance, a formal  expression of interest should be submitted and will be assessed against EMFF eligibility criteria. For more information and contact details visit http://www.aiLEADER.org/EMFF