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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Sea Fisheries Hardship Fund (tranche 2) - application form

Published: 17 Apr 2020

Application form for the second tranche of the Sea Fisheries Hardship Fund set up to provide emergency hardship support for shellfish fishing vessels over 12m in length.

Published:
17 Apr 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Sea Fisheries Hardship Fund (tranche 2) - application form

An additional £3.5m for the over 12m fishing fleet has been announced today by the Scottish Government as part of the COVID-19 response.

This new tranche of funding will benefit around 220 Scottish vessels landing shellfish such as crab, lobster, scallop and langoustine. Payments are being made to help vessels meet fixed costs like mooring fees and insurance and will be made as follows:

  • up to £21,370 per vessel to businesses with a vessel over 12m
  • for businesses operating more than one vessel payments will be capped at £42,740
  • funding amounts will be graduated by fleet segment and length
  • vessel costs are sourced from the most recent Seafish fleet economic time series estimates, version March 2020. 

In addition to the direct funding we are providing, and for those fishing businesses which are not eligible under the criteria set for our grant schemes, some of the other packages of support from the Scottish and UK Governments may also help, and details of this additional support can be found on the Scottish Government’s new website www.FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot This captures all current support available for companies and will be updated regularly.

In particular, the UK Government has announced support for the self-employed who have been affected by the coronavirus. HMRC will identify eligible taxpayers and contact them directly with guidance on how to apply, although grants are unlikely to be available until June. Details of this support can be found via the website link above.

This new £3.5m fund supplements the initial £5m package of funding for around 650 under 12m vessels which was announced on 25 March 2020. Like the under 12m scheme, the payments under this new scheme are designed to provide immediate hardship payments to businesses, which cannot access the UK business grant scheme for land-based operators, and to take them to a point thereafter where they should begin to be in receipt of the self-employment payments expected in June. 

We anticipate that this is the final round of funding we will be able to offer directly to the fishing industry in Scotland to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 as we have now exhausted current transitional funding streams. 

Key information:

  • The over 12 metre fleet support scheme is open to active Scottish registered and licensed vessels over 12 metres only, where the vessel made a minimum of £20,000 landings in 2019. Landings are calculated using the information we hold internally from electronic log books. The £20,000 threshold is intended to ensure that only active vessels are eligible.
  • The scheme is only open to over 12m vessels who land shellfish.
  • Grants will be made on the basis of three months equivalent of recurring fixed costs, excluding elements such as mortgages, interest, depreciation, crew costs, fishing gear repairs or purchases.
  • Marine Scotland will contact eligible vessels directly over the coming days.  There is no need for individuals to contact the Scottish Government.
  • Nephrops trawl is defined as a trawler whose income by value is generated by more than 50% Nephrops.

Grant breakdown by fleet segment and length category

Over 12 Metre Fleet - Hardship Support Scheme

Vessel Category

 Length

Monthly Fixed Costs per vessel (000's)

Grant Payment - Three Month Fixed Costs (000's)

Nephrops trawlers

12-15 m

£2.78

£8.34

 

15-18 m

£3.69

£11.07

 

18-24 m

£6.73

£20.20

 

Above 24 m

£6.73

£20.20

Scallop dredgers

12-15 m

£3.54

£10.62

 

15-18 m

£4.15

£12.46

 

18-24 m

£7.12

£21.37

 

Above 24 m

£7.12

£21.37

Creelers

12-15 m

£2.13

£6.38

 

15-18 m

£4.67

£14.00

 

18-24 m

£6.14

£18.41

 

Above 24 m

£6.14

£18.41

As you will be aware we are still working through payments for the previous £5m scheme and associated referral cases – we are working as quickly as we can and hope to have completed the process shortly.

If vessel owners would wait for us to contact them about the new scheme, rather than send enquires at this point, then that will optimise the administration processes being undertaken by Marine Scotland. We hope to send out letters to eligible vessels early next week with a link to the application form. Once we have confirmed and approved submitted applications we will process the payments.

Please note that vessels under 12m registered length who were asking for their eligibility to be reviewed under our referrals process for the initial £5m scheme, will be automatically put into this scheme as over 12m vessels (providing they meet the other eligibility criteria).

All enquiries should be sent to seafisheriesintervention@gov.scot

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