Published: 23/04/2013 14:48 - Updated: 23/04/2013 14:50

£2.6m boost to fishing industry

EVERY fisherman in Moray and Scotland is to get a personal flotation device as part of a £2.6 million European funding boost.

The latest round of grants from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) includes £438,000 to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation for the devices.

The aim is to improve the safety record of the industry and is linked to checks on professional qualifications and refresher training.

Grants to fishing industry companies across Scotland were included in the grants.

Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead, who announced the funding while hosting a Scottish reception at the European Seafood Exhibition in Brussels, said: “Scottish seafood is unsurpassed on the world stage for excellence and taste and is increasingly sought after.

“The Seafood Expo is a great opportunity for Scottish companies to showcase their produce and boost exports by gaining access to new markets.”

Scottish companies secured projected sales of £40 million, over a three year period, at last year’s event.

“The sea fishing and aquaculture industries - as well as the processing sector that supports both - provide an important economic contribution to Scotland, particularly in our coastal communities. That’s why the assistance we have delivered through the fisheries support funds - more than £69 million since 2000 - is so important.”

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