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European grants given to fishing communities

A total of nine Northumberland based fishing projects have  received European Maritime and Fisheries Funding (EMFF) which will be used to provide new, or protect existing facilities or infrastructure for fishermen, those in the fishing industry and aquaculture.

Fishing communities stretching from Berwick upon Tweed down to North Shields are now being urged to make the most of the European funding available to them before we exit the European Union.

Mr Andrew Gooding, Manager of the Northumberland Seafood Centre and Lobster Hatchery at Amble received £10,336 to purchase fish and shellfish processing equipment and solar panels. He said:

“The funding will enable the Seafood Centre to significantly reduce costs through the use of solar panels and our in house ice plant and deliver greater added value by providing the capacity to boil and smoke our own fish and shellfish.”

Warkworth Harbour Commissioners are delighted to have received £74,850 funding from FLAG for a construction project on the quay at Amble. Warkworth Harbour Commissioner Chairman, Maurice Burnett, said: "We hope to make a quick start on construction to deliver the benefits of new storage sheds, a fish agent facility and a crew room for the fishing community at Amble Harbour."

Mr Craig Foster, managing director of Larry’s Fish Cakes received £49,500 funding to purchase and install a fish frying line at his factory in North Shields. This will provide additional products for the company and create three jobs in the local area. He said:

"I have recently completed a successful grant application with the North of Tyne FLAG, and can recommend the scheme wholeheartedly. The process was made much easier with advice provided throughout.  To my fellow fishing industry colleagues both, on and off shore, I would suggest getting in touch with them."

The North of Tyne Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) is responsible for delivering the scheme across the north east, including considering applications and deciding how funding should be allocated locally. A number of funding bids are currently being developed but there is still funding available through the European Maritime and Fisheries Funding (EMFF).

Eligible projects can obtain between 50-80 per cent grant funding of the total project cost. The deadline to apply for funding is 31 March 2019 however project applications will have to be submitted before this date.

The funding can be used to support a wide range of projects including the development of small scale infrastructure at ports and harbours; adding value to fisheries products, for example, through marketing, branding and processing; the retention and creation of jobs; aquaculture and marine-based industries; promoting cooperation and innovation; and enhancing and conserving the marine environment.

Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member with responsibility for corporate services said:   “This is a great opportunity for groups in our coastal communities to apply for funding for projects based around maritime industries. Fishing and its associated industries have been hugely important to the North East and this fund will help to support these businesses to grow and diversify. I’d urge those in the industry to make the most of the funding while it is available to them.”

The FLAG is responsible for delivering the scheme from Berwick to North Shields covering 14 coastal settlements: Berwick, Holy Island, Seahouses, Beadnell, Low Newton by the Sea, Craster, Boulmer, Amble, Lynemouth, Newbiggin, Blyth, Seaton Sluice, Cullercoats and North Shields. The area has a fishing fleet of 119 vessels employing over 150 people directly in the industry.

Northumberland County Council employs FLAG  staff and is responsible for ensuring that the programme rules and regulations are implemented correctly.

If you would like further details or an informal chat regarding available funding contact the Programme Officer, Simon Baxter, mobile 07825 121778, email or visit the website

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