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8-week queen scallop fishing grant scheme to 'diversify' new species and training

Tue, 24 Sep 2019

Queen scallop fishermen can now apply for the IOM Government's Agriculture and Fisheries Grant Scheme.
Funding is being made available during an eight-week application period, to support diversification into new species, gear types and training.
Grant applications made between 23 September and 18 November will be administered in line with the requirements of the Agriculture and Fisheries Grant Scheme 2016. 
Applications will be made during the two main fishing seasons for queen scallop and king scallop.
All qualifying vessel owners, which are those licensed to fish locally for queen scallop, have been sent an application form, with the scheme offering support of up to 80% towards eligible costs.
Applications for £1,000 or more will be accepted towards new gear to support fishing for new species (nets, jiggers and creels), training in use of such fishing gear and methods, and purchase of equipment to expand business opportunities, including into marine tourism.
Dr David Beard, Chief Executive of the Manx Fish Producers Organisation, said: ‘This is the first part of a wider diversification plan in partnership with Isle of Man Government, supplemented in the future by training courses and developments in relation to additional fish quota, to enable fishermen to target other commercial species in the Island’s territorial waters. The Manx Fish Producers Organisation encourages fishermen to apply.’




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