Donegal fishermen to benefit from new Brexit program – Highland Radio
A new program to support the inshore fishing sector has been announced, to help inshore fishermen adapt to the challenges of Brexit.
The program is expected to operate from March and will be administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara.
The scheme was announced by Donegal TD and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Navy Charlie McConalogue
Announcing the programme, Minister McConalogue said: “The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom has had significant negative impacts on our fishing industry. Our inshore fishers have been particularly and uniquely affected by logistical and market-to-market difficulties as exporters of live molluscs and other highly perishable seafood products. These difficulties have added costs to the business model of our inshore fishermen and, by reducing the shelf life of these highly perishable products, have had a negative impact on the sector.
“I am announcing today a forward-looking support program to help inshore fishers adapt their business model to the post-Brexit market environment. The program will take the form of a suite of four training modules made available by BIM, specifically tailored to the inshore fishing sector, with payment to owners of inshore fishing vessels to help them with training costs and subsequently adjust their business and marketing. The scheme will be open to owners of fishing vessels under 18 meters, registered in the multi-purpose, multi-purpose stuffing and specific segments. As recommended by the Seafood Task Force, these one-off payments will be €2,700 for vessel owners less than 8 meters and €4,000 for owners of vessels between 8 meters and 17.99 meters”.