The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, announced last Friday (March 27, 2015) plans for a new €241 million development programme for the seafood sector for the period up to 2020. The new Programme will be co-funded by the EU through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and is subject to adoption by the European Commission. A public consultation on the Minister’s proposals for the new Programme and a strategic environmental assessment were published March 27, 2015, with comments invited by 1 May 2015. The Minister is proposing that funds are distributed as follows: Implementation of measures to support the effective delivery of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) including eliminating discards (€41m); Inshore Fisheries Development (€6m); Aquaculture Support and Development (€29.8m); Seafood Processing and Marketing (€41.3m); Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs; €12m); Control and Compliance (€46.5m); Delivering sound scientific advice from sound scientific data (€40.8m); Integrated Maritime Policy (€10.6m); Implementation of EU Directives for Fisheries and Aquaculture (€9.4m); ‘Other’ (€3.9m).
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Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, alongside the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), has today (Monday March 30, 2015) announced its findings from a three-year project which, for the first time, has mapped all English inshore fisheries and developed sustainability ‘roadmaps’ for them to help secure seafood supplies from these traditional inshore fleets. Named ‘Project Inshore’ and the first exercise of its kind on this scale in the world, the project has produced bespoke reports for each of the English Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authorities (IFCAs), and will now enable these inshore fisheries managers to come together to co-ordinate efforts. Project Inshore will also provide an evidence-base for IFCAs that do not have sufficient resources to approach funders. Continue reading SEAFISH & MSC unveil ‘roadmaps’ for sustainable fisheries throughout England – ‘Project Inshore’ is world’s 1st of its kind on this scale