Successful Projects Worth €3.6 million Under EMFF Fisheries
Local Action Group Scheme
for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D. visited
the renowned Ballycotton Harbour today (Thursday 8th June) to announce
a range of successful projects that will deliver a total investment
of €3.6 million under the innovative and inspiring Fisheries
Local Area Action Group (FLAG) Strategy for Irelands 7 coastal
regions. The FLAG Scheme is co-funded by the Exchequer and the EU
under Irelands European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
Operational Programme 2014-20. Over the duration of the EMFF programme,
the FLAG Scheme will deliver €12 million in funding to Irelands
in Ballycotton at the event to announce the FLAG grant offers, Minister
Creed commented: Following the official launch of the EMFF
FLAG Scheme on the 1st February this year, I am delighted to be
here today in the South FLAG region to announce over €3.6 million
in total investment for 153 projects around our coast. It is testament
to the hard work and dedication of our volunteer FLAG Board members
in each of our 7 FLAG regions that this years programme has
delivered so many projects that will enhance the economic and social
wellbeing of our coastal communities.
Kennedy, Atlantic Sea Kayaks, Monica Buckley and Peter Shanahan
of 'The Fresh Fish Deli' Rosscarbery, County Cork, Minister for
Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, Jim O'Toole, CEO,
BIM, and Finian o'Sullivan, Chair, South pictured at Ballycotton
Harbour on Thursday at the announcement of a €3.6 million Fisheries
Local Area Action Group (FLAG) fund, administered by BIM, for Ireland's
7 coastal regions. The FLAG Scheme is co-funded by the Exchequer
and the EU under Ireland's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
(EMFF) Operational Programme 2014-20 and will deliver â¬12
million in funding to Ireland's coastal communities.
200 project applications were received under the FLAG Scheme this
year, with the final 153 selected by the FLAG Boards for their contribution
to community rejuvenation, enterprise, innovation, job creation
and skills enhancement across the fishing, aquaculture and maritime
Chief Executive Jim OToole added: BIM has worked closely
with all of the FLAG Boards around the coast this year as they developed
and implemented their own local strategies. Seafood and its wider
role in the community is at the core of this innovative programme
and it is the diverse nature of the projects funded under the scheme
that illustrates the true value of the seafood industry to our coastal
communities and also the potential for further growth in the years
ahead. I would like to thank the Minister and his officials for
their support and the FLAG Board members who have given so much
of their time and experience to this important programme.
Chairman of the board of South FLAG said; We are delighted
to be able to announce that FLAG South has approved funding for
17 projects ranging from Marine Tourism, Seafood Development and
Production , Community Lead Initiatives, and supports for Small
Scale Coastal Fishermen. Of the 17 projects approved today €250,000
in grant aid has been awarded with an overall value to the economy
of the South FLAG area of over €500,000
grant awards contribute to the Action Plan for Rural Development.
EMFF Operational Programme was launched in January 2016. The Programme
provides €240m in funding to the seafood sector (fisheries,
aquaculture and seafood processing) over the period 2014 to 2020.
The Programme is co-funded by the Exchequer and the EU.
Fisheries Local Area Action Group (2014 2020) is a coastal
community development strategy with a fund of €12 million for
7 designated Irish coastal communities. Focusing on coastal community
rejuvenation, the FLAG strategy is centred on the renewal of practices
and skills in the Fishing, Aquaculture and Maritime related sectors
with the primary aim of bringing added value to the 7 FLAG Regions.
Restoration of such related practices while inspiring innovation,
business and enterprise yielding local job creation through the
fishing, seafood, tourism and marine industries along with social
inclusion form the integral component of the FLAG coastal community
strategy. The 7 FLAGs are South FLAG (Cork), FLAG Southwest (Kerry,
Limerick), FLAG South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow) FLAG West
(Mayo, Clare), FLAG Northwest (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim), FLAG North,
(Donegal) and FLAG North East (Dublin, Louth, Meath).
Iascaigh Mhara assists FLAGs to deliver this programme through administering
supports via grant-aid, training and on the ground facilitation,
with dedicated regional FLAG coordinators in each region. The FLAG
boards consider all applications for support and select projects
launch sets the foundation for the implementation of the overall
FLAG Strategy nationally which will be followed in the coming weeks
and months with the launch of projects from each regional FLAG.
of some of the projects in the South FLAG region include, seafood
business Fish Seafood Deli, who are expanding their
business in Carbery Business Park, Co. Cork to increase production
of their new seafood product range; Atlantic Sea Kayaking
in Cork who are developing a marine leisure base and blueway hub
and the Seafood and Shanty Festival in Ballycotton.