European Fisheries Fund Programme launched

A new programme to fund local initiatives which will help develop the sustainability of fisheries areas was formally launched in Aberdeenshire last week.

The Scottish Government allocated nearly £1.1 million to the area from the European Fisheries Fund Axis 4, which requires to be co-financed by an equal sum from the public sector, meaning there will be a total of around £2.2 million.

AEFF is the abbreviation for European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 in Aberdeenshire, which launched on March 30 at Banff and Buchan College.

The event provided an overview of the AEFF programme and was well-attended by members of the community, businesses and public partners.

Delegates had the opportunity to hear about a local success story on diversification from the fisheries industry and enjoyed a tasty selection of locally-sourced seafood from college catering lecturer Tony Jackson and college students.

The AEFF website is now fully operational.

The programme has been running for some time in other parts of the EU and the Farnet website provides insight into the types of projects which have been supported.