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Seafood sector investment

Published: 16 May 2020 00:01

Funding to help aquaculture businesses affected by COVID-19.

Shellfish growers and trout producers will receive a share of £800,000 of funding to help make improvements to their businesses to mitigate the impact of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The grants from the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to 11 aquaculture businesses include nearly £100,000 for phase two of the expansion of Seaforth Mussels on the Isle of Harris and around £200,000 for new specialist trout harvesting equipment at Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd in Lanark.

This investment for small aquaculture businesses is in addition to hardship payments of up to £27,000 which were launched as a direct response to COVID-19 last month.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the seafood sector with the market for some products disappearing almost overnight, leaving many businesses at risk of financial ruin.

“This new funding is being awarded to businesses working in rural areas who have been hit the hardest by this pandemic, helping them to strengthen their business and recover from the loss of markets.

“Aquaculture is an important part of our food and drink success story which we need to preserve. In addition to this EMFF funding, over the last month we have provided hardship funding payments worth more than £340,000 to 28 eligible shellfish growers and trout farmers.”

Dr Nick Lake, Chief Executive of the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers, said:

"This shows continued confidence by both the shellfish businesses and Scottish Government that once the impacts of the current COVID-19 crisis are overcome the industry has continued scope for development.

"There is optimism that shellfish cultivation businesses as part of the wider Scottish rural economy will continue to deliver quality shellfish which is held in high regard within both the UK and internationally.

“By investing at this time for future development of our sector it indicates the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to sustainable seafood production.”

Background

Of the £800,000 awarded, £600,000 comes from the EU and £200,000 from the Scottish Government.

As well as £800,000 to aquaculture businesses, phase nine of the European Maritime Fisheries Fund also includes £1.4 million for two Marine Scotland Science projects and £58,950.00 for a Scottish Government project.

The Scottish Government has already invested £22.5 million in the seafood sector in response to COVID-19. Details about the aquaculture, seafood processing and fisheries schemes.

May 2020 Awards:                                                                                                                                                                                 

Sea-fisheries

Ref

Applicant Name

Description

Location

Postcode

Priority

Article

 Total

Project

 Grant

Amount

EMFF

Start

date

End

date

SCO2388

Scottish Government

Analysis of the optimal allocation of Nephrops fishing grounds in Scotland's waters

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

1

28

£58,950.00

£58,950.00

£44,212.50

10/9/18

31/5/20

 

 

Aquaculture

                   

Ref

Applicant Name

Description

Location

Postcode

Priority

Article

 Total Project

 Grant Amount

EMFF

Start

date

End

date

SCO2405

Kames Fish Farming Ltd

Feed Barge - Loch Pooltiel

Argyll

PA34 4XA

2

48 (a)

£740,000.00

£370,000.00

£277,500.00

1/12/19

1/2/21

SCO2489

Invicta Trout Ltd

Invicta trout improve

Dumfries

DG2 0JL

2

48 (f)

£3,880.80

£1,930.80

£1,488.10

10/12/18

31/3/20

SCO2607

Orkney Oysters Ltd

Hoy Oysters

Orkney

KW16 3NZ

2

48 (b)

£22,927.11

£11,463.55

£8,597.66

15/7/19

15/7/23

SCO2631

Isle of Mull Oysters Ltd

Australian basket system

Mull

PA75 6QS

2

48  (a)

£25,885.00

£12,942.51

£9,706.87

1/11/19

31/3/20

SCO2632

Mackenzie Oysters

Mussel spat collection on innovative foreshore system

Cromarty

IV2 4GX

2

47 c

£9,796.68

£4,898.34

£3,673.75

3/1/20

23/12/20

SCO2228

Seaforth Mussels Ltd

Expansion plan phase 2

Isle of Harris

HS4 3XZ

2

48 (a)

£203,758.00

£98,758.00

£74,068.50

14/2/20

21/3/21

SCO2603

Sound of Luing Bivalve Seafarm

Eilean An Atha hatchery

Luing

PA31 8PD

2

48 (a)

£27,850.00

£13,925.00

£10,433.75

27/10/19

29/6/20

SCO2612

Cloan Hatcheries Ltd

Improving the status of the River Ericht

Blairgowrie

EH4 8EH

2

48 e

£118,770.72

£59,385.36

£44,539.02

22/10/19

23/3/20

SCO2633

Dawnfresh Seafoods Limited

Aquaculture  - Specialist Trout Harvesting System

Lanark

G71 6LS

2

48 (a)

£675,000.00

£202,500.00

151,875.00

25/1/20

31/3/20

SCO2636

Eastvoe Shellfish Ltd

Mussel Workboat Upgrade

Shetland

ZE1 0US

2

48 (a)

£150,005.60

£75,002.80

£56,252.10

1/12/19

31/10/20

SCO2630

Tobermory oysters

Depuration system

Mull

EH39 5AN

2

48 (a)

 £25,600.00

 £12,800.00

£9,600.00

1/11/19

1/3/20

                       
           

Total

£2,003,473.91

££863,606.36

£647,744.75

   

 

 

                     

Integrated Maritime Planning (IMP)

 

 

 

Ref

Applicant Name

Description

Location

Postcode

Priority

Article

 Total Project

 Grant Amount

EMFF

Start

date

End

date

SCO2572

Marine Scotland Science

Cumulative Effects Framework for Marine Natura 2000 Sites and Priority Species

Aberdeenshire

AB11 9DB

6

80 (b)

£859,000.00

£859,000.00

£644,250.00

1/5/19

30/4/22

SCO2457

Marine Scotland Science -Freshwater Laboratory

Piscivorous Bird Predation on Salmon

Pitlochry

PH16 5LB

6

80 (b)

£625,375.90

£625,375.90

£469,031.92

27/11/19

31/12/21

                       
           

Total

£1,484,375.90

£1,484,375.90

£1,113,281.92