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Outcome

310 applications were made to the Scottish Creel Support Fund. 153 applicants were successful for funding, with each one receiving an award of £2,000.

A list of the successful applicants can be downloaded below.

Recipients

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Title:Scottish Creel Support Fund
Description:Information on the Scottish Creel Support Fund
File:Scottish Creel Support Fund - Recipients [XLSX, 17.0 kb: 01 Apr 2015]
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Background

Many creel fishermen experienced hard financial times during 2013, due to a combination of the extreme weather which can lead to a loss of fishing gear and a reduction in catch. £400,000 was made available by the Scottish Government to contribute towards easing financial pressures faced by many in the industry.

This followed a fund that was established in summer 2013 for whitefish and prawn fishermen. The Scottish Government wants to support our inshore fishing industry and their communities, and help those experiencing genuine hardship.

After listening to the nation's creel fishermen, the Scottish Government acted swiftly to assist the sector in two ways:

  • setting up a Scottish Creel Support Fund which will allow those fishermen who suffered in 2013 to apply for direct funding
  • working to develop new and existing markets for creel caught produce

The creel sector and the inshore fishing industry generally is very important to many of Scotland's most fragile coastal communities in helping to sustain employment and maintaining and enhancing an important part of our national heritage.

Application Process

The purpose of the fund was to offer financial assistance to fishing vessels facing exceptional stresses on their viability as a result of the reduction in catches and loss of gear experienced during 2013.

Scottish (i.e. with a Scottish PLN) fishing vessels, including vessels of 10 metres and under, which had, in calendar year 2013, conducted fishing operations with static fishing gear (pots and creels) and earned a gross income of £20,000 or greater, were eligible to apply for funding.

Vessels were permitted to make one application, and were only accepted from licensees of presently active fishing vessels, or their nominees. Incomplete applications were not accepted and were returned without being considered. Applications were accepted up to 17:00 on 26 March 2014, and any received after the closing date were not accepted.

The application form can be downloaded below.

Application Form

Downloadable document:

Title:Scottish Creel Support Fund
Description:Information on the Scottish Creel Support Fund
File:Scottish Creel Support Fund - Application Form [DOC, 828.9 kb: 21 Feb 2014]
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