The Danish Fisheries Agency has granted approvals for 27 projects under the Investments in Coastal Fishing scheme. Photo: DFPO
The Danish Fisheries Agency has completed the review of all applications for support under “Investments in Coastal Fishing” and has granted approvals for 27 projects, totalling DKK 6.7 million (approx. €900,000/£780,000).
The projects encompass investments in gentle and sustainable fishing gear and the storage of catches, such as seal-safe traps, nets, and ice machines.
The scheme was sought after by coastal fishermen as well as smaller ports and landing sites. Approvals have been granted for investments in selective fishing gear and investments aimed at improving the quality of coastal fishermen’s catches. The purpose of the scheme is to contribute to more gentle coastal fishing, for instance, by transitioning from trawl fishing to using nets, traps, or pots that minimize bottom impact and reduce unwanted bycatch.
Examples of Projects That Have Received Approvals
Investment in a refrigerated trailer for catch storage:
Several applicants have received grants for setting up a refrigerated trailer at the harbor for catch storage. This support thus contributes to improving the quality and marketing of the catch.
Transition from trawl fishing to pot fishing:
Other applicants have received grants for purchasing pots with the aim of transitioning from trawl fishing to pot fishing. With this investment, vessel owners can reduce bottom impact and promote gentle coastal fishing by, for example, reducing the amount of unwanted bycatch.
Investment in seal-safe traps:
A third type of support is grants for the purchase of traps made of Polytit wire. Traditional traps are often destroyed by seals that attack them to access the catch. Traps made of Polytit wire reduce the risk of damaged traps and lost catches. This investment thus contributes to more sustainable fishing, as a larger proportion of the catch will be utilized.
The scheme is implemented as part of the Danish segment of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Source: Press Release