£18 million given to Broch fishing industry since 2008

RICHARD LOCHHEAD AND STEWART STEVENSON AT THE MEETING WITH LOCAL FISHERMEN IN FRASERBURGH.(DUNCAN BROWN)
RICHARD LOCHHEAD AND STEWART STEVENSON AT THE MEETING WITH LOCAL FISHERMEN IN FRASERBURGH.(DUNCAN BROWN)

The Fraserburgh fishing industry has benefited from £18 million in funding from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) in the last eight years.

Richard Lochhead, The Scottish Fisheries Secretary, highlighted the benefits of previous funding and reminded Broch fisherman that they can still apply for a share of the 2016 fund when he visited the port on Friday.

Mr Lochhead said: ““This £18 million funding has enabled investment of nearly £30 million in Fraserburgh making a real difference to the fishing industry locally.

“This investment has resulted in some fantastic projects including the recent grant for the harbour which has modernised operations here.

He added: “I would strongly encourage groups in the fishing and aquaculture industries to apply for a share of money from the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund.”

Fraserburgh harbour received £10.6 million from the fund to deepen the base of the harbour and the harbour power cable project which brings electricity to boats and businesses located at the harbour.

Other projects which have received funding since 2008 include £3.6 million for processing and marketing, £1.9 million for the creation of 113 fishing modernisation projects and £460,000 for Whitelink Seafood to help create a new shellfish processing facility.

The Fisheries Secretary said that the £18 million has benefited 142 projects in Fraserburgh and created 61 jobs in the process.