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Need help with your funding claim?
The European Maritime Fisheries Fund have committed over £50 million pounds of projects. With a current spend of only £20m, there is now a real push to get claims submitted.
If you’re in a position where you have an offer letter and have spent the money, please get in touch with us. For us to submit this on your behalf we will need a few documents from you.
Invoices - either hard signed copies or ones with an email chain behind them.
Bank statement showing the money leaving your account.
Give us a call on 01736 362782 and see how we can help you.
Women in Fishing
The Fisheries Area Network have just released a report on women in Fisheries Local Action Areas (FLAG’s) across Europe. In its research women account for 27% of the combined fishing and aquaculture chain value. 13% work in primary fisheries and 26% in primary aquaculture.
They make up 51% of the processing sector workforce, and, 15% of the fishing supply chain businesses rely on unpaid support from women. The nature of the ‘invisible’ support provided by women in fisheries family is hard to determine and quantify, but is significant.
The report says many coastal fisheries families process their own catch, adding value through marketing, hospitality and tourism. Despite their role often being considered ‘invisible', women are typically central to these activities. Funding applications are nearly always written and developed by the female family members while the main beneficiary is listed as the man of the family. This significant contribution to the business and indeed the wider FLAG area, once the project is actioned, is not recognised in the sectors national statistics, or anywhere for that matter.
The figures provided on the number of businesses reliant on the unpaid support of women was
considerably high in the Mediterranean. FLAGs in Greece, Spain and Italy identified the number of family run businesses relying on the support of female family members to be between 36 and 40%.
To read the report visit
“In the UK, a new research project is exploring women’s roles in fishing families. The study is hoping to improve understanding of how women contribute to the success of small-scale fishing families and businesses (in particular those which use boats under 10m) and is looking to speak to women in all corners of the UK. To find out more and to learn about how to take part visit women-fisheries.com/”.
Reduce the risk of man over board or wear a PFD
The introduction of MGN 588(F)
It is now compulsory for all commercial fishermen to wear a lifejacket (‘personal flotation device’ – PFD) or use a safety harness at sea, unless a vessel has a documented risk assessment to show that risks of going overboard are controlled in another way.
There have been many campaigns to increase the uptake and wearing of PFD's over recent years, which has seen a rough total of 8000 PFD's issued to fishermen. However, despite these efforts there are still many fishermen not wearing life jackets, as well as not making the necessary modifications to their vessels to reduce the risk of man over board (MOB). The MAIB database of marine accidents between 2000 and 2017 records 153 fatal drowning accidents from UK-registered fishing vessels. Of these, 104 of the fatalities were not wearing PFDs, and 20 were wearing them. In the remaining 29 cases, it was unknown whether PFDs were worn at the time of the accident.
It is hoped that this new law will not just encourage an increase in wearing of PFD's, but will primarily encourage vessel owners to modify their vessels to reduce the risk of man over board in the first place. Modifications such as safety rails, raising gunnels, sheeting in the sides of vessels, shelter decks, non slip decking are all simple modifications to reduce risk of MOB. The Animateur team have been successful with 100's of projects specifically focusing on modifying vessels to reduce the risk of man over board situations. Grants of up to 80% are available from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to finance safety modifications to vessels, as well as personal protection equipment, which includes work clothing as well as PFDs and PLB’s.
The UK Fisheries Animateur project has been setup to help you through the grant funding process and access financial support to improve personal and vessel safety.
Visit www.fishinganimateur.co.uk for more information
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Animateur: ‘a person who enlivens or encourages something’
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FUNDED BY SEAFARERS UK, THE FISHMONGERS' COMPANY AND TRINITY HOUSE. IT IS DELIVERED BY THE CORNWALL RURAL COMMUNITY CHARITIES DEVELOPMENT ARM, CCDL INNOVATION LTD. THE PROJECT IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE NEEDS IDENTIFIED IN THE FISHING FOR A FUTURE REPORT. READ THE REPORT HERE:
Nature of services: We are experienced project developers who can undertake research and an application on your behalf. We do not have any official links with the Marine Management Organisation, or other grant providers, but will act as an Animateur to you to assist in the project development process. All risk, liabilities and conditions of any successful grant offer remain with you, the applicant.
Note: The Animateurs are under no obligation to support projects which they feel are not viable/appropriate or safe. If a project is of a significant size (over £100,000) there may be a charge. The team is small and there may be a capacity issue we may be able to offer you telephone advice, but we can only deal with a limited number of projects at any one time. An example of our terms and letter of engagement are available.