€5.4 million funding for Scotish fishery and aquaculture
29 fishery and aquaculture projects in Scotland have received €5.4 million as one of the latest round of European Maritime and Fisheries Funding (EMFF) was awarded before the Brexit.
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, according to Seafood Source magazine.
Ewing mentioned 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 added.
The funds will be directed to projects meant 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. Also, almost €450,000 will be granted to a voluntary safety training project for fishermen.