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)
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)
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
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
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.
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.