€277,539 in funding for local fishery projects in Kerry – Griffin

Brendan Griffin Kerry 8th July 2017

€277,539 in funding for local fishery projects- Griffin Fine Gael TD,

Brendan Griffin said €277,539 in funding for local fishery projects will enhance the economic and social wellbeing of local coastal communities here in Kerry. The funding is provided under the Fisheries Local Area Action Group (FLAG) Strategy for Ireland’s 7 coastal regions. Deputy Griffin said: “Our local fishery projects have been approved for funding due to their contribution to community rejuvenation, enterprise, innovation, job creation and skills enhancement across the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries. “Seafood and its wider role in the community is at the core of this innovative programme and it is the diverse nature of the projects funded under the scheme that illustrates the true value of the seafood industry to our coastal communities and also the potential for further growth in the years ahead. “Over 200 project applications were received under the FLAG Scheme this year across our coastal regions. “As part of the final 153, we will receive funding for projects ranging from Marine Tourism, Seafood Development and Production , Community Lead Initiatives, and supports for Small Scale Coastal Fishermen. “Following the official launch of the EMFF FLAG Scheme on the 1st February this year, I am delighted that our local projects have received funding as part of a €3.6 million in total investment nationally. “It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteer FLAG Board members here locally and in each of our 7 FLAG regions that this year’s programme has delivered so many innovative projects.” The FLAG Scheme is co-funded by the Exchequer and the EU under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme 2014-20. Over the duration of the EMFF programme, the FLAG Scheme will deliver €12 million in funding to Ireland’s coastal communities. These grant awards contribute to the Action Plan for Rural Development. ENDS Notes for the Editor The EMFF Operational Programme was launched in January 2016. The Programme provides €240m in funding to the seafood sector (fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing) over the period 2014 to 2020. The Programme is co-funded by the Exchequer and the EU. FLAG, Fisheries Local Area Action Group (2014 – 2020) is a coastal community development strategy with a fund of €12 million for 7 designated Irish coastal communities. Focusing on coastal community rejuvenation, the FLAG strategy is centred on the renewal of practices and skills in the Fishing, Aquaculture and Maritime related sectors with the primary aim of bringing added value to the 7 FLAG Regions. Restoration of such related practices while inspiring innovation, business and enterprise yielding local job creation through the fishing, seafood, tourism and marine industries along with social inclusion form the integral component of the FLAG coastal community strategy.

The 7 FLAGs are South FLAG (Cork), FLAG Southwest (Kerry, Limerick), FLAG South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow) FLAG West (Mayo, Clare), FLAG Northwest (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim), FLAG North, (Donegal) and FLAG North East (Dublin, Louth, Meath). Bord Iascaigh Mhara assists FLAGs to deliver this programme through administering supports via grant-aid, training and on the ground facilitation, with dedicated regional FLAG coordinators in each region. The FLAG boards consider all applications for support and select projects for funding. This launch sets the foundation for the implementation of the overall FLAG Strategy nationally which will be followed in the coming weeks and months with the launch of projects from each regional FLAG. Examples of some of the projects in the South FLAG region include, seafood business ‘Fish Seafood Deli’, who are expanding their business in Carbery Business Park, Co. Cork to increase production of their new seafood product range; ‘Atlantic Sea Kayaking’ in Cork who are developing a marine leisure base and blueway hub and the ‘Seafood and Shanty Festival’ in Ballycotton.

For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

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