The Minister announced the multi-million pound funding boost for seven projects which will benefit the fishing community throughout Wales.
The Minister said:
“I’m pleased to be able to announce a further £4 million worth of European Fisheries Funding to support a wide range of innovative projects.
“These projects will greatly benefit the Welsh fishing industry, and will also help us achieve the aims we have set out in the Welsh Fisheries Strategy, which has been designed to support the development of viable and sustainable fisheries in Wales while safeguarding the environment.”
The European Fisheries Fund provides grants for the development of a fisheries sector that is sustainable, profitable, well managed and internationally competitive. It will provide approximately 17m Euros of European funding for the fisheries sector up until 2013 with match funding provided by the Welsh Assembly Government.
This £4m of European and Welsh Assembly Government funding follows £930,000 of funding that was announced by the Rural Affairs Minister in July and is the second in a series of funding announcements for Welsh fisheries.
The £4m of funding includes:
- £525,046 for the Carmarthenshire Rivers Trust for a Project to restore access for migratory and resident fish to spawning areas, complete targeted river habitat restoration, and restore water quality through liming of headwaters.
- £1,265,790 for Afonydd Cymru, which will fund a Project to deliver improvements to the riverine environment to benefit migratory fish. The project will increase access to spawning areas, improve water quality and provide a diverse physical habitat to provide favourable conditions for the various life cycle stages.
- £16,680 for the Welsh Federation of Fishermen’s Associations to fund a project to continue research into the Palaemon serratus (prawn) fishery, including a genetic traceability report for the species and gathering of data on which the sustainable management of the fishery can be based.
- £5,345 for the Sea Fish Industry Authority for Fishermen’s Training. The project will update the syllabi, course content and delivery support materials for each of the mandatory fishermen’s basic safety training courses, in line with the latest safety at sea information, advice and best practice guidelines and to ensure that delivery of these courses is maintained at a high standard.
- £7,431 for the Sea Fish Industry Authority for a Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) project to increase the number of members of the Scheme (thereby increasing supply/volumes) and to develop ‘in-chain’ custody/traceability systems for RFS-sourced catch to enhance supply chain integrity. The project will also include a review of the current scheme specification together with enhanced marketing activities.
- £1,217,132 from European Union Convergence funding and £900,675 in non-convergence funding has been awarded to Environment Agency Wales to deliver major construction work that removes barriers to migratory fish. This work complements and works closely with the rehabilitation work being delivered by the various river trusts.
- £195,778 for the South and West Wales Fishing Communities, which will fund a project to deliver a number of key projects for the benefit of the fishing community in south and west Wales, including harbour improvements at several ports, formation of species management plans, improvements in care of the catch and safety equipment upgrade and training.
19 November 2009