European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
The EMFF is a European funding scheme which will support fisheries, inland waters, aquaculture and maritime sectors. The fund provides support for sustainable development within the fishing and aquaculture sectors and conservation of the marine environment, alongside growth and jobs in coastal communities. The purpose of the scheme is to provide European Member States with a financial support mechanism to the fisheries, inland waters, aquaculture and maritime sectors
The UK has €243 million (around £190 million) of the programme which is split between England (€92.1 million), Scotland (€107.7 million) Northern Ireland (€23.5 million) and Wales (€19.7 million).
The fund provides support for sustainable development within the fishing and aquaculture sectors and conservation of the marine environment, alongside growth and jobs in coastal communities in the UK. You can apply for funding for things like:
- investments on board fishing vessels
- gear replacements
- improvements to shore-based facilities
- advisory services, partnerships, training and innovation
- investments in fisheries management and seafood processing
- investments in aquaculture, animal health and inland fishing
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CORNWALL & ISLES OF SCILLY FISHERIES LOCAL ACTION GROUP (FLAG)
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly FLAG welcomes the approval of its funding by the Marine Management Organisation. This will invest £800,000 in the local economy from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the MMO.
We are excited to have the opportunity to focus on locally identified priorities and build upon previous FLAG success, as we have a sound understanding of key partners and local contacts to turn the ideas into quality projects that will make a real difference to our fishing communities. Our priorities and themes have come from a widespread consultation process across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to ensure that the investment is targeted towards the needs of the industry.
The FLAG will be supported by Cornwall Development Company who will carry out the management and administration and Cornwall Rural Community Charity who will provide the animation function for the partnership; working directly with the industry.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly FLAG will have 3 local themes within its strategy:
- Safe working harbours
- Encouraging and supporting young people into marine careers
- Innovation research and diversification.
Within these three themes the FLAG has 4 priorities:
- Supporting innovation, diversification and micro business development. This will aim to build communities through encouraging collaboration between fishermen.
- Developing and supporting social, economic and environmental projects which especially benefit smaller and isolated communities where the numbers of beneficiaries is low but impact is an important consideration.
- Supporting innovation projects, by bring forward new fish products, fish waste/bi-products and new processing methods. Such projects could be in partnerships with social enterprises, scientists and researchers.
- Developing and supporting training to mentor new entrants. Working with skipper mentors to develop training to ensure entrants are safe and skilled in the many requirements of work. This priority has been spawned from previous FLAG projects and will look to develop a much more thorough new entrant programme with mentoring.
If you are interested in the FLAG, please use the link below to download the strategy.
If you have a project idea, please use the link below to download an expression of interest. Once completed, email it to Chris.Ranford@cornwallrcc.org.uk
For further information contact Chris Ranford, Fisheries Community Animateur, Cornwall Rural Community Charity 01736 364324.