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£4.8 million support for coastal communities for fishery and aquaculture projects.

A share of the latest round of European Maritime and Fisheries Funding awards has been awarded to 29 projects across Scotland.

The fund aims to help fishermen transition to sustainable fishing, support coastal communities to diversify their economies, and finance projects to create jobs.

The funding includes £400,000 to support a voluntary safety training project for fishermen in locations across Scotland.

Announcing the awards, Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“This seventh round of EMFF grants will provide a vital financial ‘leg-up’ to projects from the Shetland Islands to Dumfries and Galloway – with the nearly £5 million invested helping to support the whole fisheries supply chain to reach into new markets, and improving the overall quality of Scottish produce.

“The new funding will also help to support the growth potential of Scotland’s shellfish sector, reinforce the importance of training, health and welfare within salmon aquaculture and a ground-breaking initiative to assess the health of our iconic wild salmon stocks.

“We are now in a period of great uncertainty for our coastal communities, so I’m sure they will welcome this real and practical support from the Scottish Government and European Union. At the moment we still don’t know what, if anything, will replace the EMFF after Brexit. The UK Government must provide clarity on that for our fishermen as soon as possible.”


Award recipients Description Amount
Scottish White Fish Producers Association Personal Locator Beacons £88,524.75
Kinnaird Seafood Ltd Purchase & Installation of processing equipment £56,361.37
Downies of Whitehills Building works and purchase/installation of plant and equipment £152,328.18
Gardenstown Line & static gear fishermans association Purchase PLB and liferafts safety equipment £ 6,590.00
Rognvald Smith Safety – Liferaft £1,343.00
Solway Firth Partnership The Socio-Economic Analysis of the Scottish Solway (SEASS) Project £24,885.00
Selcoth Fisheries Ltd Electric Trout Stunner £35,000.00
Selcoth Fisheries Ltd Conversion of Selcoth Fisheries Ltd to Hydro-Electric Energy Supply £43,861.69
Fisheries Management Scotland National electrofishing programme – stop nets £12,918.30
Seafish Fishermen’s Voluntary Safety Training – Project 2 £400,000.00
Dawnfresh Seafood Ltd Purchase & installation of fish treatment/pumping/grading/stunning systems £91,351.62
Scottish Natural Heritage – Clyde Marine planning partnership Clyde-wide – Public engagement with Marine planning in the Clyde £203,290.73
Western Isles Fisherman’s Association Safety equipment  £15,803.88
Hebridean Seaweed Company Ltd Hebridean Seaweed £800,000.00
Scot live Shellfish Ltd Purchase & installation of processing related plant & equipment £123,623.31
New Wave Foods Ltd Seaweed Farms £350,001.97
New Wave Foods Ltd Expansion of Seaweed Processing Facility at Wick £346,269.34
Fishermen’s Kitchen Creation of new processing facility £51,952.20
Sgurr services ltd liferaft and epirb for fishing vessel £1,096.20
New business lobster boat £ 5,000.00
Orkney Islands Council Orkney Marine Environment Project £119,365.47
McNeil Shellfish Ltd Expansion  of Vivier Holding and Chilling Capacity £377,261.96
Labbett Family Farms Ltd Shellfish cultivation Equipment Loup Bay £12,079.81
Fisheries Innovation Scotland Ltd Scottish Fishery Innovation Projects 2018 £211,172.00
Shetland Fishermens Association Safety equipment for under 10m vessels £12,751.48
Shetland Fishermen’s Association Autopilots Systems for 13 SFA Inshore Fishing Vessels £41,869.20
SSQC Ltd Aquaculture Support Vessel £295,980.00
Shetland Mussels Ltd Seed Feed £959,682.50
NAFC Marine Centre Forklift training provision for aquaculture industry £9,550.00