Commercial fishing and fisheries – press release

Support for fishermen affected by storms

The EFF Storm Damage Gear Replacement Scheme is available to help fishermen who have damaged or lost gear following recent bad weather.

The government has confirmed further measures to help fishermen whose livelihoods have been affected by the recent storms across the UK, with today’s full announcement from the Secretary of State on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.

The European Fisheries Fund (EFF), administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), will see money made available towards the cost of replacing lost or damaged fishing gear such as crab and lobster pots and other static gear.

The MMO will prioritise applications from storm-affected areas.

The government will also continue to pay lighthouse dues for another year, saving the industry up to £140,000.

This is in addition to measures already promised, such as:

  • flexibility on quota allocations to allow fishermen to make up lost income when conditions return to normal
  • access to a £10 million business support grant for flood-affected businesses

Catherine Murphy, EFF England Delivery and Control Manager at the MMO, said:

“The MMO will be prioritising applications from fishermen who have damaged or lost gear following the recent bad weather. We are pleased that we can help towards these costs and I would urge applicants to visit our website in the first instance.”

Full guidance and details on how to apply to the EFF Storm Damage Gear Replacement Scheme. Applications for support should be made by 30 June 2014 to the MMO.

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