Fisheries Secretary, Mairi Gougen has has announced that the Scottish fishing industry has received nearly £17m in supports since January 2021
The Scottish fishing industry has received nearly £17 million in financial support from the government in the Holyrood parliament since the start of 2021.
The fishing industry has been hit hard with the combined effects of COVID and Brexit with many boats facing an uncertain future. The funding has been sourced from residual European Union funding from the EMFF and domestic funding projects, as well as the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund.
When it was launched in February 2021, it was announced by the Scottish government that the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund was designed to provide support to eligible shellfish catchers and producers and trout farmers who had faced issues exporting to the EU and lost access to domestic food markets as a result of COVID-19.
At that time, then Fisheries Secretary announced the £6.45 million scheme as part of a £7.75 million package which included £1 million to be made available to support the investment plans of ports and harbours faced with a loss of income through landing fees, and up to £300,000 to assist the welfare and emergency support activities of the Fishermen’s Mission in recognition of the hardship facing people working in the sector.
In July, it was announced by the government over 850 Scottish fishing vessels had availed of the support from the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund.
The announcement of the spending was made by new Scottish Fisheries Secretary Mairi Gougeon from a question submitted by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party MSP for Central Scotland, Stephen Kerr who asked how much the Scottish Government has spent on supporting the fishing industry since 1 January 2021.
Mairi Gougeon replied: “The Scottish Government has spent £16,959,406.60 supporting the fishing industry since 01 January 2021. This is made up of residual EU and domestic project funding as well as the support through the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund.