Due to unprecedented demand, there are limited remaining funds under EMFF Union Priority 1 (UP1) (Sea Fisheries).
This means that to protect remaining funds we are currently not able to accept applications from individual fishing vessels. The high level of demand means we have awarded over £25m to more than 200 projects under UP1 since January 2016. Of that, £4.6m was to 180 vessel modernisation projects with the remainder to projects benefiting the whole sector, such as marketing, research and ports.
We will however still consider collective applications for safety equipment etc. and we will also accept applications for first time purchase of a vessel by a young fisher.
We are currently exploring the scope to increase the UP1 budget and amend the operational programme to allow us to make further awards. Further information, including any updates concerning the impact of developments arising from potential EU exit, will be provided in due course.