Orkney Fisheries Local Action Group opens for applications

Kirkwall fishing vessels, credit Magnus Budge
Scottish Rural Network

Businesses, organisations and communities in Orkney can now apply to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

This new pot of funding aimed at supporting fishing industries and communities is now open to applications in Orkney from fisheries and aquaculture businesses and organisations and fisheries-based communities.

Orkney has been allocated £482,000 by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and Scottish Government. Applications will be assessed by a local Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).

Orkney FLAG Chair, Francesca Couperwhite, said:

"This is a significant amount of money being made available to Orkney which provides a great opportunity for our fisheries sector. Any project receiving funding must be completed by the end of March 2018 so we’d therefore encourage anyone with a project idea to discuss it with the team as soon as possible."

The FLAG priorities for funding are:

  • The diversification and sustainable management of the local fisheries sector
  • Developing new market opportunities and ‘added value’ for fish products
  • Initiatives for diversification in fisheries-based communities

The level of funding available is dependent on the outcomes and benefits delivered by individual projects.

There is a two-stage application process - projects successful at an initial ‘Expression of Interest’ stage will be invited to complete a full application, the first deadline for which is 7 September. Further deadlines will be published on the Orkney Fisheries Local Action Group website.

For more information regarding the funding visit the Orkney FLAG website

To discuss a project idea contact the LEADER team at Orkney Islands Council on 01856 873535 ext 2811 or email Amy Esslemont , Orkney Islands Council's LEADER Development Officer.