The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and Marine Management Organisation will give £800k of investment to fishing projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Management of the scheme will support a sustainable future for local fishing communities, run by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fishing Local Action Group (FLAG), representing local communities in the fishing industry, as well as private, public and voluntary organisation stakeholders.

Business Cornwall reports:

The FLAG would like to hear from projects that will contribute to one or more of the following key objectives:

Supporting innovation, diversification and micro business development
Developing and supporting social, economic and environmental projects
Developing and supporting innovation in fish, fish products, fish waste and processes and adding value
Developing and supporting training to mentor new entrants
The investment will be available for projects to bid into with the size of interventions depending on the project activity and proposed outcomes.

Reflecting on the launch of FLAG, chairman of the Fisheries Local Action Group – Tony Tomlinson – said:

“The award of additional European investment to the local fishing industry is welcomed, particularly as a reflection of how important the sector remains to the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This investment will help to create new jobs in the sector, mentor new entrants and create new business opportunities.”

Read the full report from Business Cornwall here.