European investment to help local fishing industry

Up to £1m is being made available to the local fishing industry from the EU in the form of grants from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

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The cash is intended for projects that support the local fishery and follows on from a previous round of funding called Fisheries Local Action Groups or FLAG 1 that also funded around £1m of local fishery projects including a fish smoker and new safety equipment on fishing boats.

This second round of funding called – not surprisingly – FLAG 2 has seen around a quarter of a million pounds worth of projects approved so far.

Those are:

  • A replacement ice maker for Hastings Fish Market
  • A research project on supporting sustainable cuttlefish stocks
  • Aspiring Chef’s Academy, to train local students in fish cookery
  • An additional net flaker
  • Boat repairs and health and safety equipment for boats
  • Developing a Hastings Fish brand.

Projects in the pipeline include

  • Winch hut improvements
  • Mini Digger for levelling shingle
  • Replacement vehicle barriers (at rear of Stade Open Space, to Lifeboat Station)
  • Fish market improvements
  • New CCTV and LED lighting
  • Collaborative Health and Safety training and equipment
  • Additional bulldozers for shingle clearance
  • Hastings Fishing Fleet history project
  • Improvements to Rock-a-Nore car park
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