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Scottish aquaculture, fisheries industries to receive over £8 million

Staff Writer | February 24, 2017
The latest round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will deliver 41 projects which will contribute to the sustainable management of fisheries and marine ecosystems in Scotland.
Scottish aquaculture
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Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing announced funding on a visit to Lerwick to meet the Shetland Fishermen’s Association which is one of seven projects in Shetland to receive funding.

It will get more than £11,500 to improve safety equipment for its South Shore Fishing Association vessels.

Other projects benefitting from the EMFF include Box Pool Solutions in Aberdeen, which provides boxes for fishermen to sell their produce at markets including Peterhead. It will receive nearly £1.2 million for its new facility and equipment.

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will receive £1.8 million for its independent on-board observer scheme, which supports initiatives to address potential problems related to discard bans.

Mr Ewing said: “This £8 million investment will encourage growth and protect jobs in the sea fisheries and aquaculture industry by allowing businesses to upgrade technology and buy new equipment.

“This is just one example of why EU funding is so important as it is helping the sea fisheries sector improve the quality of its products and enabling them to develop more environmentally friendly methods.