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European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

The UK Operational Programme has now been adopted by the European Commission and the Scottish Government intends to open to application on the 18 January 2016. Application will be made by means of a new online e-system. All potential applicants should continue to monitor this site for further information on avaliability of guidance notes and the e-system.

Support will be available through the EMFF programme in Scotland which delivers on sustainable economic growth in the sea fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and supports communities to deliver economic benefits during the transition phase of the Common Fisheries Policy reform programme. During the early round of the programme, in line with the Commission CFP reform timetable, particular focus will be given to investment which;

  • supports the delivery of the CFP reform priorities, particularly the landing obligation
  • supports technical innovation, including improved selectivity
  • supports the inshore sector
  • supports sustainable aquaculture
  • supports scientific knowledge, training, safety and advice
  • delivers greater coherence and transparency in the supply chain
  • creates or improves the access to markets for Scottish seafood products
  • delivers sustainable diversification or complementary activity