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Health and safety projects are split into two categories:

Modernising your vessel to improve working conditions, crew comfort and safety. Typical projects under this theme are as follows:

  • Raising gunnels and adding safety rails to reduce risk of man overboard

  • Improvements to your deck and hatches to reduce water intake, as well as non slip surfacing

  • Protection from weather - this could be a shelter deck, or addition/modernisation of a wheelhouse

  • Additional storage space (e.g. whaleback, net pound) to create improved deck and working space

  • Net flakers and net bins to store gear safely and off the deck

Personal safety items to improve individual safety when at sea

  • Personal floatation devices and personal locator beacons

  • Personal protective equipment (waterproofs, boots, bib and brace)

  • Emergency position-indicating radiobeacon (EPIRB)

  • Life raft

  • DSC radio

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Care of the catch has never been more important. Equipping yourself with the necessary items to ensure your catch is kept at a premium quality from catching to landing to selling will ensure you fetch the best prices for your work.

Improving catch quality

Typical projects to enable you to add value to catch would be:

  • Insulated fish tubs and fish boxes

  • Ice machines (onboard and onshore)

  • Cold storage

Adding value and shortening the supply chain

As well as the above there is an opportunity for fishers to process their own catch to add value, as well as shortening the supply chain and selling catch direct. There have been a number of cases that have seen groups of fishermen work collectively to sell volumes of fish to restaurants, fish mongers, hotels and pubs, as well as straight off the boat to tourists. 

  • Shellfish boiler / steamer

  • Stainless steel tables

  • Fridge/freezers

  • Smokers

  • Vacuum packer

  • Gutting and filleting machinery

EMFF will support you fitting out a store, packing and processing space to be able to add value, pack and distribute your catch direct to buyers. As Animateurs we can also help you with the process to become a registered buyer and seller of first sale fish.

Many harbours are using dated infrastructure and equipment to land fish and support fishing vessels access the water, as well as basic storage facilities for catch, gear and vessels. The Animateur project can support the modernisation of fishing harbours, ports and coves by writing grant applications, business cases, costing projects and helping with any licences and planning permissions that are necessary on the way. 

Typical items that would benefit your harbour and fishing businesses are as follows:

  • Landing davits (cranes)

  • Winches to retrieve vessels

  • Lighting for improving safety during low light hours

  • Stores for fishing gear, cold storage for catch, storage racking for net bins

  • Ice machines

  • Fuel bunkers

  • CCTV

  • Mobile infrastructure (forklifts and tractors) to move heavy goods (gear and catch) around the harbour area

  • Ladders for easy access on and off vessels

All of these items are eligible for EMFF and you can apply either as a harbour or a fishermen's association. 

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As a Fisherman you and your family can Join the credit union

Savings in the credit union are called Shares, as each member is also a shareholder and owner of the credit union.

Encouraging regular saving is the major aim of the credit union. Member's savings are pooled together to provide money to loan out to members.

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Saving and loans schemes vary between credit Unions Contact your local Credit Union to find out how they can help you save -

“I had the money transferred straight to my bank account. I had no credit check, it was that easy!”