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Welcome!

This issue of Seachange includes a look at a pilot project we’ve carried out with the Welsh Government to simplify grant applications in Wales, a glimpse of port life in Hastings and news of a new Seafarers UK research project that focuses on managing on a fishing income.


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Managing on a Fishing Income

Do you know fishing families who struggle to get by on the income they earn from fishing? Do you think something could be done to help fishing families to manage their money? If so, Seafarers UK want to hear from you!

Following on from Seafarers UK’s influential research on Fishing For a Future, Seafarers UK are now taking forward a new research project focused on how fishermen and their family manage on a fishing income.

On Wednesday 7 (9am-9pm) and Thursday 8 August (8am-12pm), Paul and Natasha - researchers from Liverpool John Moores University - will be at the Fishermen’s Mission in Newlyn to find out more about how fishing families cope with the peaks and troughs of living on a fishing income. If you would like to share your views and help inform this research, please call Paul Jones (Liverpool John Moores) on 07939 566552 or Keith Dickson (Fishermen's Mission) on 01736 363499.

This will be a discussion about living on a fishing income. You will not be asked about your personal financial situation or asked to reveal any personal financial information. Instead during the interview you will be discussing such issues as:

> the way people manage their finances
> the way that they make ends meet
> the way they save or borrow money
> the particular financial issues people face in the fishing industry

The 40 minute interview is totally confidential and you will not be quoted by name or identified in the research report. As a thank you for sharing your views, you will receive a £20 shopping voucher. This is not a payment for your time, just an expression of thanks by Seafarers UK for taking part in the research.


Making things simpler for Fishermen in Wales

The Welsh Government have now put a simplified costs scheme in place to reduce the application process for small scale coastal fishermen wanting to access European Maritime and fisheries Funds.

The Animateur team worked with the Welsh Government and Welsh fishermen throughout the winter of 2018/19 to develop a list of key items that will improve health, safety and catch quality for small scale fishers. The benefit of this is the reduced amount of application paperwork and processing time, which prior to the standardised scheme was over 12 months. Items that can be included in projects range from EPIRB's, life-rafts, non slip decking, lighting, PPE, net bins, as well as shore based adding value equipment such as ice machines, cold rooms and shipping containers for onshore gear storage.

The Animateur team will be delivering outreach work in Welsh fishing communities in the upcoming Autumn and Winter. For more information please complete an enquiry form on the Animateur website and see click here standardised costs eligible items.


ACT NOW - MAKE YOURSELF SAFER

There’s still funding available to help make both you and your boat safer at Sea - BuT NOT FOR LONG… SO Act now!

To find out more about how we can help you, visit our website or call us on 01736 362782.


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Each month we bring you a little glimpse of port life around the UK. THE MONTH WE VISIT HASTINGS.

We’d love you to make a one minute video about showing life in your port for us to feature in our newsletter. Send your submissions to fishing@cornwallrcc.org.uk. You can download the Glimpse app for your phone here.

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Fishmongers’ Company Visit Cornwall

In July Fishmongers’ Company, one of our funders, came down to Cornwall to learn about our work and how their support is helping us improve the safety and profitability of the industry.


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Seafarers' Advice & Information Line is the Citizens Advice service just for seafarers.Contact us for free advice on benefits, debt, housing and much more.

Phone 0800 160 1842 or email advice@sailine.org.uk


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Consent:  For the purposes of the GDPR, by sending us an application information or enquiry you give your explicit consent for us to use data relating to your business or organisation/association/business  for the purposes outlined herein.   We will use the information you give us on this application/ enquiry form, in supporting documents, during assessment and during our support of your application, administer and analyse of grants and for our own research purposes.  We may give copies of all or some of this information to individuals and organisations we consult with when assessing enquiries or applications, monitoring grants and evaluating funding processes and impacts.  These organisations may include,The Marine Management Organisation, inter alia, accountants, external evaluators and other organisations or groups involved in delivering our outputs.  We may also share information with other grant-making bodies, government departments, organisations providing matched funding and other organisations and individuals with a legitimate interest in us, or for the prevention and detection of fraud.


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Welcome!

In this issue of Sea Change we look at how you can make your boat safer, report back on the recent ‘Smart Coastal Areas’ conference held in Ireland, take a look at the invaluable work of the Seafarers Hospital Society and also give you a quick glimpse of life at Newlyn Harbour.


Make Your Boat Safer

There’s still funding available for to help make both you and your boat safer at Sea. We’ve put together a short video to help give you some ideas.

To find out more about how we can help you, visit our website or call us on 01736 362782.


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Meet Clive

Seafood Cornwall Training is running a new project working with fishermen on all aspects of sea safety. Clive Palfrey has joined the SCT Team as Safety Adviser to work closely with fishermen throughout Cornwall with the aim to improve safety knowledge and share good practice and solutions. Funding to deliver this project is thanks to Seafarers UK, and EU Funding through Cornwall & Isles of Scilly FLAG.

Find out more here.


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Each month we bring you a little glimpse of port life around the UK. We start this month with our home port Newlyn.

We’d love you to make a one minute video about showing life in your port for us to feature in our newsletter. Send your submissions to fishing@cornwallrcc.org.uk. You can download the Glimpse app for your phone here.

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Smart Coastal Areas Conference

Our Fishing Animateur Amy Thurtle attended and presented at FARNET's 8th transnational seminar 2-4 April 2019 in Bantry, Ireland.

The seminar was an opportunity for FLAG managers to explore ways in which their FLAG areas can become “smarter” by doing things differently and investing in imaginative ideas to tackle existing challenges.

It was also be a chance to reflect on how to work towards smarter strategies for the future.

Amy said ‘the conference was a great chance for FLAG representatives to share best practice.’

Click here for more information from FARNET about the event.


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A long-established maritime charity, the Seafarers Hospital Society is dedicated to meeting the health, welfare and advice needs of seafarers, both active and retired, and their families.

They provide support to seafarers and their dependants to access a range of services, from physiotherapy to counselling, hospital care to respite.

Life at sea is tough and fishermen need to keep fit and healthy to stay in work. But that can be challenging at times, which is where the Seafarers Hospital Society comes in. Much of what they do is aimed at helping seafarers to get healthy and stay healthy, so they can continue to work at sea or lead a more comfortable life on shore or in retirement.

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Seafarers Hospital Society offer a wide range of support, including:

Grants: For emergencies or when money is short. They cover anything from stairlifts to washing machines, mobility scooters and respite care to help with funeral costs as well as help with essential debts. Find out more here.

Physiotherapy: Free fast track physiotherapy, is provided quickly and locally through a national network of providers. To find out more about services in Cornwall, Plymouth and Brixham, call Harbourside Physiotherapy on 01736 366 224, or get your local physiotherapy team contact details here. For all other areas, we use a nationwide network called Connect. Call them on Connect PhysioLine on 0191 247 5000 for an initial assessment.

Big White Wall: Free access to Big White Wall, a confidential mental health and wellbeing service available 24/7 online, including face-to-face counselling. You can sign up for free here.

Free Citizens Advice service for seafarers: The Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line (SAIL) is a specialist Citizens Advice service for all seafarers. SAIL provides free, confidential and impartial advice and information on a wide range of issues from welfare benefits to housing and employment. To speak to an adviser call 0800 160 1842 or email advice@sailine.org.uk

The Dreadnought: The Dreadnought offers priority medical treatment for seafarers, including acces to a dentist. It’s based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London and is supported by the Society in a number of ways. For more information email dreadnought2@gstt.nhs.uk or call 020 7188 2049.

Self-help guides: A number of health-related self-help guides are available, including Get Fit, Look Good, Feel Good – a fitness book for seafarers, and Fisherman – a health manual for fishermen. Find out more here or call and they can send you as many as you need.

SeaFit: The SeaFit Programme is a joint initiative from the Seafarers Hospital Society and the Fishermen’s Mission, working in partnership to deliver sustainable improvements in the health and wellbeing of fishermen and their families around the UK. Funded by Seafarers UK, the SeaFit Programme started in July 2018 and will run until the end of 2020.

The Programme covers numerous aspects of mental and physical health and wellbeing and provides a range of services direct to the community completely free of charge. This includes:

Health checks at the harbourside

  • Health trainers in the community

  • Dental checks with some initial treatment

  • Access to mental health and wellbeing support to complement Big White Wall

  • Development of a network of physiotherapists trained to meet the specific needs of fishermen, initially in Cornwall and Devon

In Cornwall, especially Newlyn, fishermen and their families can benefit from all these services! Find out more here https://seahospital.org.uk/seafit-programme/  or contact Programme Manager Carol Elliott on 07486 319621

If you have any questions about the work of the Society, please call 020 8858 3696, or email admin@seahospital.org.uk


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Seafarers' Advice & Information Line is the Citizens Advice service just for seafarers.Contact us for free advice on benefits, debt, housing and much more.

Phone 0800 160 1842 or email advice@sailine.org.uk


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Consent:  For the purposes of the GDPR, by sending us an application information or enquiry you give your explicit consent for us to use data relating to your business or organisation/association/business  for the purposes outlined herein.   We will use the information you give us on this application/ enquiry form, in supporting documents, during assessment and during our support of your application, administer and analyse of grants and for our own research purposes.  We may give copies of all or some of this information to individuals and organisations we consult with when assessing enquiries or applications, monitoring grants and evaluating funding processes and impacts.  These organisations may include,The Marine Management Organisation, inter alia, accountants, external evaluators and other organisations or groups involved in delivering our outputs.  We may also share information with other grant-making bodies, government departments, organisations providing matched funding and other organisations and individuals with a legitimate interest in us, or for the prevention and detection of fraud.


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Watch our new film showing how a genuine partnership between individuals and the community can help get a man back to sea.


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. 

  1. Invoices - either hard signed copies or ones with an email chain behind them.

  2. Bank statement showing the money leaving your account. 

Give us a call on 01736 362782 and see how we can help you.


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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
https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/cms/farnet2/sites/farnet/files/publication/women-in-flags.pdf

“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/”.


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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


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Consent: For the purposes of the GDPR, by sending us an application information or enquiry you give your explicit consent for us to use data relating to your business or organisation/association/business  for the purposes outlined herein. We will use the information you give us on this application/ enquiry form, in supporting documents, during assessment and during our support of your application, administer and analyse of grants and for our own research purposes.  We may give copies of all or some of this information to individuals and organisations we consult with when assessing enquiries or applications, monitoring grants and evaluating funding processes and impacts. These organisations may include,The Marine Management Organisation, inter alia, accountants, external evaluators and other organisations or groups involved in delivering our outputs.  We may also share information with other grant-making bodies, government departments, organisations providing matched funding and other organisations and individuals with a legitimate interest in us, or for the prevention and detection of fraud. 


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WELCOME!

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.

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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. 


Saving for a Stormy Day?

Watch our video to find out about our work with Kernow Credit Union to support Fishermen.

Click here to find your Local Credit Union.


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.

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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.

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Norfolk Outreach

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.

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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.

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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:

www.gov.uk/guidance/european-maritime-and-fisheries-fund-emff-apply-for-funding


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Consent:  For the purposes of the GDPR, by sending us an application information or enquiry you give your explicit consent for us to use data relating to your business or organisation/association/business  for the purposes outlined herein.   We will use the information you give us on this application/ enquiry form, in supporting documents, during assessment and during our support of your application, administer and analyse of grants and for our own research purposes.  We may give copies of all or some of this information to individuals and organisations we consult with when assessing enquiries or applications, monitoring grants and evaluating funding processes and impacts.  These organisations may include,The Marine Management Organisation, inter alia, accountants, external evaluators and other organisations or groups involved in delivering our outputs.  We may also share information with other grant-making bodies, government departments, organisations providing matched funding and other organisations and individuals with a legitimate interest in us, or for the prevention and detection of fraud. 


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