Eyemouth nets £230,000 of EU fisheries funding

D R Collin are expanding their fishing business
D R Collin are expanding their fishing business

Almost quarter of a million pounds of European Fisheries Funding is coming Eyemouth’s way in the latest round of grants.

D R Collin have been awarded £215,840 towards a £1 million project to expand their shellfish processing business.

After acquiring a vacant property on the town’s Acredale Industrial Estate earlier this year D R Collin have been bringing it back into production, creating around 15 new jobs with the prospect of more to come when it is fully operational.

“We have spent a lot of money getting it up to spec and there is an on-going programme,” said James Cook of D R Collin.

“We have invested £1 million in continued support of the shellfish industry in and around the area and also saved a site that was redundant.”

The company were awarded the £215,840 grant as part of the £6 million of investment in the inshore fisheries industry announced by Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead this week. Over 100 projects got a share of the latest round of EU Fisheries funding which will enable investment of over £14 million in the Scottish fishing industry.

D R Collin’s grant will be used to install new fabric processes and equipment in the building which has stood empty for almost six years.

The Eyemouth fishing boat the Bonaventure, was awarded a £14,000 grant from the same funding round towards the £70,000 cost of new net drums.

Mr Lochhead said: “This is the final round of grants under the EFF which will be replaced by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and brings the total funding for this scheme to almost £84 million.”