Portsoy to get its share of Fisheries Fund money

AEFF funding is available for fisheries-related
AEFF funding is available for fisheries-related

Portsoy is among the areas that will benefit from the latest round projects boosted by the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund.

The AEFF awards grants to fisheries-related projects demonstrating innovation, increasing community capacity and improving economic output.

Last month, projects were approved for the sixth round of funding - more than £255K was available.

An Aberdeenshire Council-led project was approved which will benefit inshore fishermen in the Banff area through the provision of a one-tonne ice machine. The project will add value to fisheries products by increasing freshness and quality, while also helping to support the local fishing communities of Banff, Macduff, Gardenstown and Portsoy.

Scottish Natural Heritage will benefit from enhanced tourist and community facilities through the creation of a new visitor facility at the Ythan Estuary in Forvie. The project will design and construct a sheltered interpretive education hub that will accommodate 30 people at Forvie Nature Reserve. The site will be promoted as part of a chain of managed nature reserves along the east coast of Aberdeenshire from Fraserburgh to St Cyrus.

The North East Scotland Preservation Trust was also successful in its bid to restore the “Back Green” buildings in the traditional fisheries area of Portsoy and convert them into four-star bunkhouse accommodation for tourists.