Support for the Rural Economy
7 August 2017
European investment to boost coastal
Sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing businesses will
receive a share of £8.4 million funding to boost growth and protect
jobs in their area.
The latest round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund
(EMFF) will deliver 86 projects which will help businesses to
upgrade or modernise their equipment across Scotland.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing announced details of the
funding as he embarked on a series of visits to meet local
businesses as part of his summer tour.
The summer tour will include visits to highland shows at Keith,
Grantown, the Black Isle, Nairn and Abernethy as well as to
Forestry offices and Rural Payments and Inspections Division (RPID)
offices across the country to check on local progress towards rural
Around £1.7 million EMFF grant has been awarded for the
refurbishment of the Pierowall Pier in Westray, Orkney. This will
support the work of 11 inshore vessels that supply the main
processors on Westray and provide jobs for the community.
Other recipients of the funding include MJ French Fish Export
Ltd in Fraserburgh, which will receive £362,000 grant to upgrade
its processing facility, while a number of smaller grants will be
used for fishermen to upgrade their safety equipment.
Mr Ewing said:
"Our rural economy plays a crucial role in supporting
communities across the country which is why investment through the
EMFF is so important.
"This support will help processing businesses to expand and
enhance their work and make the day to day routines of fishermen
easier and safer, by improving the quality of its products and
enabling them to develop more environmentally friendly methods.
"I will continue to put pressure on the UK Government to engage
Scotland on its thinking regarding future funding arrangements in
order that we can shape a set of arrangements which respond to
Scotland's needs and reflect the devolved nature of marine
The full list of projects to receive funding across
Scotland is [available]:
Source - The Scottish Government website