Funding boost for fisheries

SCOTTISH aquaculture will get a share of £8.4 million in government fisheries funding, announced today by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

The money, part of the latest round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund, will be divided between 86 projects to help upgrade or modernise equipment.

During a summer tour of the Highlands, Ewing (pictured) said: ‘Our rural economy plays a crucial role in supporting communities across the country which is why investment through the EMFF is so important.

‘This support will help processing businesses to expand and enhance their work and make the day to day routines of fishermen easier and safer, by improving the quality of their products and enabling them to develop more environmentally friendly methods.

‘I will continue to put pressure on the UK government to engage Scotland on its thinking regarding future funding arrangements in order that we can shape a set of arrangements which respond to Scotland’s needs and reflect the devolved nature of marine policy.’

A £1.7 million grant will go to fund refurbishment of the Pierowall Pier in Orkney, while MJ French Fish Export in Fraserburgh will receive £362,000 to upgrade its processing facility.

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