Coverack Harbour Company (CHC) has been awarded £78,811 of vital funding through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to enhance its harbour facilities for the fishing community.
CHC plan to carry out work to enhance the harbour throughout 2013, which will see the addition of a much needed new winch, quayside loading davit, ice making facilities and a cold storage room. The work is fundamental to supporting this small coastal community and will have a real impact on its sustainability.
Chris Ranford, FLAG Animatuer for Cornwall Rural Community Council (CRCC), has worked with CHC over the summer, to develop their business plan and has supported Commander William Frisken, Chair of CHC through the process of applying for the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) grant which is administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Chris said,
“It has been a pleasure developing the project with CHC. This is a great use of European funding and will give a major uplift to the local community..”
Commander William Frisken, said, “Coverack has never had any financial assistance and to have this amount of investment for the harbour offers a real chance for the fishing industry to continue here for generations to come.”
The FLAG is managed locally by Cornwall Development Company (CDC). Anthony Vage, CDC’s Contract Services Manager said
“Driving forward the local economy is at the heart of the FLAG and the investment in Coverack Harbour is a good example of how this fund can be used to support our local fisheries sector.”
Tony Tomlinson, FLAG Chair said,
“This is a real partnership project where the MMO, CRCC, CDC and the community have come together to make a real impact on one fishing community. The opportunity is now available to meet the needs of other small communities.”
For more information about FLAG and other fisheries funding, please contact Chris Ranford, FLAG Animateur, on 01736 364324 or firstname.lastname@example.org