Three local fishing vessels are among 65 businesses in Scotland to benefit from the latest round of European Fisheries Fund (EFF) grants.
Among the recipients are the trawler Venturous, has been awarded £15,382 towards upgrading its fish hold and equipment, including marine scales and a new 300mm mesh net with 130mm cod end.
The Guardian Angell has been granted £7,900 towards the supply and installation of a fish handling system and the Contest £72,800 to put towards supplying and installing equipment, including a new engine, and upgrades to the fish chill room and hold.
Meanwhile coastal environment group KIMO UK was told it is to receive £107,833 for its Fishing for Litter campaign, which aims to reduce marine litter.
Announcing the funding, which is worth £4.46 million, First Minister Alex Salmond said today: “The Scottish government is committed to supporting our fishing industry, which makes a key economic and social contribution to coastal communities around the country. This latest funding will help deliver vital business improvements, boost productivity and create new jobs.
“Since May 2007 grants given under the European Fisheries Fund – match funded by the Scottish government – have provided more than £50 million for some 550 projects throughout Scotland, supporting up to 6,600 jobs.
“This funding includes support for the modernisation of the Scottish fishing fleet, business improvements in the processing sector and skill training and development across the industry.
“It’s vital that we continue to support an industry that in 2010 was worth more than £1 billion to the Scottish economy and ensure that Scottish fisheries has a sustainable, long-term future.”