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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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:

  1. Safe working harbours
  2. Encouraging and supporting young people into marine careers
  3. Innovation research and diversification.

Within these three themes the FLAG has 4 priorities:

  1. Supporting innovation, diversification and micro business development. This will aim to build communities through encouraging collaboration between fishermen.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

application process.

If you have a project idea and would like assistance then please contact us on 01872 672112 or  01736 362782 and see how we can help you. You can also email Amy Thurtle at 

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly FLAG has now committed over £500k of its budget and is currently supporting live projects that are encouraging young new entrants into the industry, developing new processing methods, adding value to catch and developing small harbour infrastructure.

The FLAG still has some funds remaining and is open to ideas from fishing businesses, harbours, fishermen’s associations and community groups looking to develop projects under the following themes:

  • Safe working harbours
  • Encouraging and supporting young people into marine careers
  • Innovation research and diversification

The Cornwall FLAG has funded projects that have contribute to one or more of the following key themes:

  • Developing sustainable supply chains and market development
  • Providing infrastructure and communal facilities for fishing communities and cooperatives
  • Capacity building, cooperative development and networking
  • Training, retention and recruitment including diversification
  • Coastal communities, tourism and economic development
  • Advocacy and engagement for fishermen
  • Regional sustainable management engagement

If you are interested in the FLAG, please use the link below to download the strategy.


Project Animateur:

Amy Thurtle , the Fisheries Community Animateur is employed by Cornwall Rural Community Charity and is available to create, develop and deliver FLAG Funded (EMFF) projects.

Based in Newlyn and supporting the county, the service acts as a ‘go to’ for anyone seeking guidance, information or assistance. If you have an idea or project which enhances and can sustain your coastal community, the Animateur will turn your aspirations into a reality. Support is available with creating ideas, sourcing funding and supporting your application with business plans and costings.

Contact Amy for further information on 01872 672112 or  01736 362782, email or pop in to Seafood Cornwall Training for an informal chat.