Moray fisheries communities have access to £1m pot

Fisheries communities can apply for share of £1million pot.
Coastal communities can apply for share of £1million pot.

MORAY COASTAL COMMUNITIES are being urged to apply for a share of £1million in European funding where is supports the sustainable development of fisheries areas.

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund is aimed at encouraging community-led development in Moray and Highland with local decision-making coming through fisheries local action groups or FLAGs.

A Moray FLAG has already been established and consists of members representing local community and fishing industry interest – it will consider applications and decide how funding should be allocated.

Projects that would qualify are those that deliver local priorities such as added value to fisheries products, job creation and stimulating economic growth in fishing, aquaculture and marine-based industries or promoting cooperation and innovation as well as enhancing environmental assets.

Duncan Pockett, chairs the Highland and Moray FLAG: “Building on the experience and success of previous FLAGs, we look forward to receiving expressions of interest from fishing communities who can benefit from this European funding.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to provide financial assistance to strengthen the resilience of our local communities and maritime industries.”

Further guidance and copies of the expression of interest form are available from European Maritime and Fisheries Fund development officer Sarah Lamb on 01955 609560 or by e-mailing sarah.lamb@highland.gov.uk – alternatively, go to www.highlandmorayflag.co.uk.

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