On 18 January 2016 the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) opened the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in England.

The scheme brings much needed benefits to the fisheries and aquaculture sectors as well as coastal communities. Key areas of focus for the funding are to help the fishing industry to adapt to the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) as well as supporting the competitiveness of the sector.

Applications for funding are initially sought for: support with elements of CFP reform, improving health and safety on vessels, enhancing the quality or value of catch, investing in port and harbour infrastructure such as ports/auction halls/shelters, the processing of seafood and aquaculture products and general investments in aquaculture.

The MMO are also commencing the process of selecting Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) for England to help fisheries communities adapt to the reformed CFP and to support sustainable economic growth.

The scheme will open for other measures later this year but these initial areas cover over €33m of EMFF funding which is being made available.

Commenting on the opening of the EMFF scheme, CEO John Tuckett said:

“The MMO are delighted to be able to open the EMFF scheme for applications in England. The scheme provides significant opportunities for hard working fishermen, associated businesses and the wider marine sector to gain much needed funding to assist and benefit their important work and activities.

The MMO have made significant efforts to ensure support is in place for scheme users including a new e-application system, redesigned website and dedicated customer helplines. I therefore urge everyone to visit our website, look at the funds and funding types available and submit an EMFF application at the earliest opportunity.”