EU funding for fishing industry

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Berwickshire’s fishing industry is being urged to take advantage of the £100 million European and Maritime Fisheries Fund.

Scottish Borders Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) has joined forces with East Lothian and Fife to give them a stronger voice and as the Forth FLAG their share of the £6.5 million of EU fisheries funds available to the Scottish fishing industry is £1 million.

The funding will be used to support local development projects that help strengthen the fishing and processing sectors, diversify the maritime economy and create and sustain employment in fishing communities.

Councillor Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for economic development, said: “This is good news for our fishing communities and a great opportunity for businesses and community groups to get funding for projects that otherwise might not be eligible for additional financial support.

“I welcome the decision of the three FLAGs to come together, and wish the Forth FLAG every success in its delivery of the new programme.”

Scottish Borders Council will be the lead partner in the delivery of the funding and will employ a fisheries funding co-ordinator based in Eyemouth with flexible working facilities in East Lothian and Fife.”

Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “For the first time in the UK, I have approved an allocation for six Fisheries Local Action Groups which will benefit communities through funding job creation, diversification opportunities, opportunities for training and promotion of environmental measures.”

Funding enquiries should be made to Hugh Williams on 01835 826773 or the online contact form for SBC’s economic development section.