MORE than £220,000 has been awarded to projects in the latest round of funding through the Highland and Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to boost the marine economy and create employment opportunities in fishing communities.
Recipients of funding include Moray business North 58° Sea Adventures, who received £16,208 to expand their marine wildlife tourism business to Lossiemouth harbour.
Also successful were Ullapool Harbour Trust who were awarded £53,737 towards a new shellfish storage facility and landing derrick to support the local fishing industry and a further £100,000 to upgrade a nearby launching jetty and laydown area.
Loch Snizort Shellfish Ltd secured £9,883 towards a new seafood café on the Isle of Skye, while Avoch Harbour Trust was awarded £41,913 towards harbour improvements including installation of pontoons to increase berthing space at the harbour.
The funding has been awarded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to encourage community-led local development and enable localised decision making though Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs).
The Highland and Moray FLAG membership is representative of local community and industry interests who will consider applications and decide how funding should be allocated locally.
Funding can be used to support a wide range of projects that will support community rejuvenation, enterprise, innovation, job creation and skills enhancement across the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries. The fund is open to sole traders, businesses (targeted at small and medium sized enterprises), community groups, harbour authorities and third sector organisations located within Highland and Moray coastal communities.
The FLAG is now inviting Expressions of Interest to be submitted by 2 April 2018 for projects to be considered at the next FLAG meeting in May. Further funding rounds will be announced in due course. Further information and an expression of interest form can also be found at www.highlandmorayflag.co.uk