Marine Fund Scotland 2024-25

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands Mairi Gougeon has announced the launch of Marine Fund Scotland 2024-25

Applications for the fourth year of the Marine Fund Scotland are set to open today, offering £14 million to contribute to Scotland’s Blue Economy Vision, as confirmed by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands Mairi Gougeon.

Speaking at the Fisheries Management Scotland conference, Gougeon highlighted the fund’s role in transforming marine resource management and fostering innovation in the marine economy.

“The Marine Fund Scotland supports a wide range of exciting and innovative projects delivering on our Blue Economy Vision,” said Gougeon. “It’s fantastic to see that Scottish Government funding is playing an important role in helping our marine industries to evolve and flourish.”

Acknowledging the fund’s impact, Gougeon expressed anticipation for the diverse projects expected to apply for funding in the upcoming year.

However, she also emphasised the need for sustained investment in Scotland’s marine sector, urging the UK Government to uphold commitments to replace lost EU funding.

“Marine funding in Scotland continues to be short-changed by the UK Government,” noted Gougeon. “We will keep pressing the UK Government to uphold their commitment to replace lost EU funding in full, so that we can continue supporting innovative projects in our marine sectors and coastal communities in the future.”

Reflecting on the previous year’s success, Dr. Alan Wells, CEO of Fisheries Management Scotland, expressed gratitude for the support received from the Marine Fund Scotland. The £750,000 funding allocation enabled the organisation to undertake crucial projects aimed at protecting Scotland’s declining wild salmon population.

“Our members are working tirelessly to protect, conserve, and restore Scotland’s wild salmon populations, and this vital funding will support these crucial efforts,” Wells remarked.

With the launch of Marine Fund Scotland 2024-25, stakeholders across Scotland’s marine sectors are poised to drive forward innovative projects that contribute to sustainable economic growth and the preservation of marine ecosystems.


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