Trio of younger fishers obtain funding increase
New entrants to fishing have been in a position to apply for Scottish Authorities funding in direction of the acquisition of a second hand fishing vessel.
To coincide with World Fisheries Day we’re placing three younger fishermen within the highlight who’ve every benefitted from a £50,000 grant from the £14 million Marine Fund Scotland to assist purchase fishing boats.
A part of a drive to encourage new entrants underneath the age of 40 into the trade, the ‘new entrants scheme’ allows younger fishers to use for as much as 75% of the price of shopping for a second-hand vessel of as much as 16 metre or as much as 50% of the price of a vessel from 16-24 metre. All awards are capped at a most award of £100,000 to make sure affordability.
One of many younger fishermen is Daniel Watson, 26, of Integrity Shellfish. He has been fishing for 5 years and used the grant to buy his personal vessel. Daniel fishes for brown crab, velvet crab, prawns and lobster from Ullapool and shall be working his manner down in direction of Mallaig, fishing and promoting the catch on the best way.
“I’m grateful for the assist from the Scottish Authorities, which has helped me take the following step with my enterprise and develop our fishing operation in Scotland.
“With out this funding, I fairly merely wouldn’t have a ship of this dimension to assist our aspirations.
“The week it arrived was significantly particular because it was additionally the week my daughter was born. I’d wish to thank my superb companion Katie for her assist and whereas our new-born just isn’t fairly prepared to affix the crew but, who is aware of what the long run holds!”
The opposite awards have been made to John Anderson, 26, and Steven Mair, 32, who each bought a 3rd share in a 18m trawler, with the opposite third bought by LHD fishing brokers in Shetland. The ‘Sharyn Louise’ boat fishes from Lerwick.
“With out the grant from Marine Fund Scotland, I merely wouldn’t have been in a position to increase sufficient cash to buy my share in Sharyn Louise LK250.
“The grant has allowed me to safe my job and obtain my ambition of proudly owning and skippering a whitefish boat. Now that I’ve managed to beat the monetary difficulties of stepping into the trade, I sit up for making a profession out of fishing which is able to permit me to carry up my household right here in Shetland.”
Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon mentioned:
“It’s improbable to see this funding serving to to draw younger expertise to a sector which has struggled prior to now resulting from perceived lack of profession development alternatives.
“These new entrants are essential to boosting the resilience of the trade which helps jobs in a few of our most rural communities.
“By supporting up and coming fishers to turn into a skipper or to personal their boat I hope it should assist encourage younger individuals to enter and progress via the fishing trade. This is a vital a part of our Fisheries Administration Technique, which incorporates actions to advertise fishing as a beautiful and secure profession of alternative.”
Additional info on eligibility for the younger fishers scheme might be discovered on web page 10 of the Marine Fund Scotland normal steering on the Scottish Authorities web site. The listing of profitable awards granted via Marine Fund Scotland up to now this 12 months can also be obtainable to view.
Learn extra in regards to the Future Fisheries Administration Technique.