2018 has seen our Animateur service support more fishermen and fishing communities than ever before. Thanks to support from Seafarers UK, The Fishmongers Company and Trinity House we now have a team of Animateur working with fishing communities across the UK.
With outreach work in Wales, Norfolk and various communities along the south coast of England we are ensuring that all fishermen are able to access EMFF to improve health and safety, harbour infrastructure and adding value to their catch. The year has been a significant step up in regards to our impact , not only on the ground, but with a new website and series of self help guides and videos that encourage communities, fishermen and their families to help themselves and develop their own projects.
We are already looking forward to 2019 and developing a series of new themes to support the UK fishing communities.
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FLAG Funding for New Tractor in Cadgwith
The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) funding program first started in August 2016. It focuses on 3 themes - Safe Harbours, Young people, Innovation research & diversification.
Within the fund we have awarded grants to a wide range of groups and have recently helped Cadgwith Winch Committee purchase a tractor to help the fishermen get their boats in and out of the sea at the cove. The project cost a total of £62,183.16, with the FLAG contributing £49,746.52. The tractor is now down in the cove and is proving to be a great success.
The Animateur team recently carried out a week of outreach work with various fishing communities along the Norfolk coastline. These areas were targeted due to the low uptake of EMFF, which was evident from the MMO’s transparency initiative table, which shows all approved project postcodes.
After plotting these on a map it was clear that support maybe required in these areas to raise awareness of funding and help develop projects, so a meeting was called with the North Norfolk Fishermen’s Society.
Discussions were held with over 20 members to develop ways to improve health safety, working conditions, shore based facilities and ways to add value to catch. This meeting proved very successful and the team are now developing a range of ideas, which will soon be submitted as EMFF grant applications.
Norfolk is made up of a variety of small ports, landing sites, and inlets, from Cromer to Sea Palling to Kings Lynn. The fleet is primarily made up of small scale coastal fishers, but also home to some larger vessels.
If you would like the Animateur team to visit your fishing community please get in contact via the website.
FARNET Circular Economy Event
Chris Ranford attended the recent FARNET Circular Economy event in St Jean De Luz, France.
The theme of this event was “Closing the Loop: circular economy in fishing and aquaculture areas”. The seminar was organised at the initiative of the European Commission with the support of the Basque Coast FLAG, the Region of New-Aquitaine and the French National Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DPMA).
It was an opportunity for FLAGs to better understand what circular economy is and will help them exchange on different types of actions and projects they might undertake related to themes such as:
Encouraging local production and consumer habits to move away from the traditional “take, make and dispose” model and become more sustainable, e.g. through sustainable sourcing of materials, eco-design, sharing and re-use of products, etc.
Finding ways to minimise waste and ensure the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible.
Identifying opportunities for developing new economic activities based on by-products and waste from fisheries and aquaculture
(organic fish waste, shells, plastic…).
The seminar themes were addressed through a series of presentations, working groups discussions, mini-plenary sessions, a project fair and during the field visit.
To read up about the event and download the latest FARNET publication on Circular Economy please click here.
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Now is the time to benefit from fund’s success
2018 was a successful year for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Scheme.
Last year alone, more than 500 grants were awarded to a diverse range of projects, including those:
Benefitting fisherman’s safety
Updating port/harbour infrastructure and amenities
Supporting businesses to grow and become more profitable
Modernising aquaculture enterprises
Expanding development and innovation.
Graeme High, from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), said: “This has been another fantastic year for the EMFF Scheme, with a great number of projects benefitting the sector as a whole. We would now urge successful applicants to progress with these offers of support and complete projects in a timely manner. The MMO team is on hand to progress claims as we look to maximise the EMFF budget during 2019.”
For further information and for details about how to apply, please visit: