EU funds for St Abbs and Eyemouth

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Up to 12 new jobs could be created at Eyemouth based crab processors Burgons thanks to a European Fisheries Fund (EFF)grant.

Burgons are planning a £302,000 upgrade of the crab processing facilities at their Harbour Road premises - £121,000 of that from the EFF.

Burgons’ general manager Dan Taylor said: “This is good news for Burgons. The grant funding will enable further investment in processing equipment including cooker, steam pasteuriser, ice machine and a spin sheller machine.

“The equipment will improve product quality and plant efficiencies, and will support additional jobs in the future.”

In the same round of EEF awards made by the Scottish Government the St Abbs fishing vessel Jessica May received £2,000 towards the £5000 cost of new mackerel hand-lining gear that will improve catch quality and safety on board.

The funding is welcomed by Eyemouth councillor Michael Cook, vice president of the Fisheries Intercom Group of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions, who said: “This is an important funding source for the fishing and processing sector in east Berwickshire.”

“Fisheries Local Action Group funding is still available, however, the last opportunity to apply to the Scottish Government for funding for fishing vessel improvements is in July this year, and I would encourage any skippers who are planning an investment to contact the council’s EFF facilitator for more information.”

SBC’s European Fisheries Fund facilitator Hugh Williams also urged skippers to get their grants in quickly before the July deadline.

Eyemouth Harbour Trust received £16,000 for a Davit Crane, part of a £21,000 upgrading of the old fish market.