Please find below a summary of funding available to fishermen and fish businesses in Cornwall. We aim to keep this list as accurate and up to date as possible and will add new sources of funding as they become available or as soon as we are advised.



Last chance of free fishermen’s training


Seafood Cornwall Training, the dedicated training agency for Cornwall’s fishing industry, is calling on fishermen from across Cornwall to make the most of the last round of free training on offer, with the chance to save up to £1,400.

Funding has been extended until March 2014 for fishermen to refresh their basic sea safety courses and complete their Skipper’s Tickets for boats under 16.5 metres long. However, after March next year no further funding will be available. Fishermen need to take advantage of this offer whilst this funding is available.

Emma Button, Training Coordinator at Seafood Cornwall Training explained, “It’s great news that fishermen can benefit from free courses for another 6 months. However with the winter being our busiest time delivering course, I urge fishermen to contact me and sign up to courses as soon as possible to secure their places.

Courses generally take place in Newlyn, but I’m happy to provide courses in any other Cornish ports if there is sufficient interest. For example I’m holding an intermediate stability course, part of the under 16.5m ticket, in Mevagissey on the 15th November, for fishermen from Mevagissey and surrounding ports. Anyone interested, please call me on 01736 364324.”

Paul Trebilcock, Chief Executive of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation continued, “Safety training is paramount to the wellbeing of fishermen and they should jump at the chance of free courses before this opportunity expires in March next year.”  

Two separate areas of funding are available. Support for refresher safety funding where, to qualify, fishermen must have certificates (over 3 years old) for all of the four basic safety courses of Sea Survival, First Aid, Fire Fighting and Safety Awareness.   In addition, for those fishermen who want to progress their careers in fishing, funding is also available for Skipper’s Tickets for boats under 16.5 metres long. Fishermen with two years fishing experience qualify for funding. The course which includes 5 Day Watchkeeping & Navigation, 1 day Intermediate Stability, 1 day GMDSS SRC VHF and 2 day Engineroom and Watchkeeping courses.

Simon Potton, Operations Leader, Seafish added, “Thanks to support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Seafish is able to continue funding delivery of these important training initiatives for experienced fishermen through to 31st March 2014.”


Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG)

2nd March 2012: Flying the FLAG for Cornwall & Isles of ScillyFLAG

Over £1.13 million of European Fisheries Fund (EFF) money has been secured to support the sustainable development of fishing communities in Cornwall &
Isles of Scilly. The funding has been made available from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and DEFRA through the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), and is managed locally by Cornwall Development Company (CDC). It will be used by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to maximise available private investment to build a sustainable future for local fisheries communities.

The FLAG area extends along the entire Cornish and Isles of Scilly coast, plus approximately 1 mile inland.

The fund will be available for projects to bid into for investment up to a maximum of 100% of total project costs, depending on the project activity and proposed outcomes. The decision making board will comprise of representation from the local community including fishing, 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 themes:

  1. Developing sustainable supply chains and market development
  2. Providing infrastructure and communal facilities for fishing communities and cooperatives
  3. Capacity building, cooperative development and networking
  4. Training, retention and recruitment including diversification
  5. Coastal communities, tourism and economic development
  6. Advocacy and engagement for fishermen
  7. Regional sustainable management engagement

Projects will have an on-the-ground support mechanism available to them from Cornwall Rural Community Council to aid development and help through the application process. The FLAG recognises that whilst the industry landed over £27m 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.

Suzanne Bond, Chief Executive of Cornwall Development Company, says “This fund recognises the importance of fisheries communities in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. Driving forward the local economy is at the heart of CDC’s mission and the FLAG offers the means to invest in sustainable development at the community level.”

Alison Thompson, Director for the Marine Management Organisation said “I’m pleased that, through this scheme the MMO is providing support to local fishing communities, such as in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, to develop and implement their own sustainable solutions to the challenges they face. “The FLAG involves a wide range of representatives and we believe their combined knowledge, experience and ideas could make a real difference to the future of the local fisheries sector. This is reflected in the significant amount of funding awarded to them.”

Paul Trebilcock, Chief Executive, Cornish Fish Producers Organisation said “The involvement of the Cornish & Scillies fishing community in shaping the FLAG means that the benefits of the fund will have a real impact locally, regardless of the size of the project”.

Peter Jefferson Chief Executive of Cornwall Rural Community Council commented “This funding is a real opportunity for Cornish coastal communities to develop projects that will enable them to become vibrant, sustainable and inclusive, which is our aim as a charity”.

How to apply for funding:

Please read the FLAG Guidance Notes. There is a three stage application process. The Project Idea enables the Animateur to provide feedback; the Expression of Interest will provide the Board with an outline of your project. If that is approved, you will be invited to make a full project application, which will contain evidence of need or demand, risk assessment, cash flow forecasts etc. The FLAG board meets once every 2 months to consider projects so you should consider your project's timescales in line with this. The FLAG cannot pay for any work or defrayed money that has occurred before approval has been given.

Download the FLAG Guidance Notes here

Download the FLAG Project Idea Form here

Only Projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly can be considered and should be within 1 mile of the sea.

Project Assistance

We strongly advise that in the first instance you speak to the FLAG animateur who can provide you with advice, guidance and support in putting a project application together.

You can contact the FLAG animateur at Cornwall Rural Community Council. 2 Princes Street, Truro, TR1 2EF.

01872 243559

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Back online: Funding for Under 16.5m Skippers Tickets

100% grant funding is available once again for fishermen to attend courses that make up the Under 16.5m Skippers Ticket,  HOWEVER, we cannot confirm that this funding will be available beyond March 2012.

Fishermen wishing to complete the short courses that make up the new skippers ticket are advised to contact us asap, in order to secure places on courses, as demand is likely to be strong between January and March 2012.

Dates are published on the "Course Dates" page as they are confirmed, additional dates are regularly scheduled according to demand, so drop us a line if you wish to be put on the list.

Funding for Fishermen's Safety Refresher Training

Experienced fishermen who completed mandatory basic safety training courses more than three years ago, will be able to voluntarily attend new, updated training courses in sea survival, fire fighting, first aid and safety awareness free of charge, for a limited time.

Experienced fishermen holding a Safety Awareness certificate who can evidence that they have already attended basic safety training courses more than 3 years ago will be accepted for funded refresher safety training. Each course can be refreshed individually as it becomes 3 years old.

Visit the "Course Dates" page for scheduled dates.

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South West Handline Fishermen's Association

The administration of the South West Handline Fishermen’s Association is coordinated from our Newlyn office including memberships, tag orders and funding applications. Visit for more info.


Fishing For Litter South West
Seafood Cornwall Training Ltd. coordinates "Fishing For Litter South West", a three year project which aims to remove 200 tonnes of litter from the marine environment. For more information please visit


The Cornish Sardine Management Association is a group of Cornish fishermen and processors who came together in 2004 to agree common standards between themselves for catching, processing and marketing Cornish Sardines.

Duchy Fish Quota Co.

The Duchy Fish Quota Company was established in 2001 by members of the fishing industry who were extremely concerned at the trade in fish quota and the impact this is having on the Cornish fishing industry.