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Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group awarded £800,000

An investment of £800,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and Marine Management Organisation has been secured to support the sustainable development of fishing related projects in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, including the creation of new jobs and businesses.

It will be managed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and will be used to match with private investment to support a sustainable future for local fishing communities.

The FLAG area extends along the entire Cornish and Isles of Scilly coast and the investment has been made available for three years.  The FLAG will be supported locally by Cornwall Development Company (CDC) who will manage the administration and Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC) who will work directly with fishing businesses to bring forward projects through their Animateur.

The FLAG comprises representation from the local community including those working in the fishing industry as well as other private, public and voluntary sector organisations.

The FLAG would like to hear from projects that will contribute to one or more of the following key objectives:

1.     Supporting innovation, diversification and micro business development.

2.     Developing and supporting social, economic and environmental projects.

3.     Developing and supporting innovation in fish, fish products, fish waste and processes and adding value.

4.     Developing and supporting training to mentor new entrants.

The investment will be available for projects to bid into with the size of interventions depending on the project activity and proposed outcomes.

The FLAG recognises that whilst the industry landed over £30m worth of catch last year, the changes it continues to face mean these

 communities, their residents and workers need a boost to support their well-being.

Speaking at the launch of the FLAG at Looe Quayside Centre on 10 March, Tony Tomlinson MBE, Chair, Fisheries Local Action Group said, “The award of additional European investment to the local fishing industry is welcomed, particularly as a reflection of how

important the sector remains to the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This investment will help to create new jobs in the sector,mentor new entrants and create new business opportunities.”

Anthony Vage, Head of Programme and Fund Services at Cornwall Development Company added, “The European investment represents a huge endorsement of the FLAG model of delivery in the fishing sector which has achieved considerable success in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; awarding investment to the county and allowing local representatives from the industry to make the decisions.”

For more information and Expression Of Interest forms please contact the FLAG Animateur (01736 364324).

Page last updated: 08:47, 16th March 2017
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