€250,000 for Cork fishery projects

Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has welcomed the allocation of €250,243 in funding for 17 local fishery projects in Cork. The funding is provided under the Fisheries Local Area Action Group (FLAG) scheme, a strategy focusing on coastal community rejuvenation for 7 designated Irish regions, and will contribute to the Action Plan for Rural Development.

This funding is part of a targeted national investment, totalling €3.6 million, which aims to renew practices and skills in the Fishing, Aquaculture and Maritime related sectors to as to bring added value to our 7 FLAG Regions.

Cork’s coastal communities are represented under South FLAG and will receive over €250,000 for 17 assorted projects, with the total investment in excess of €500,000.

As a member of the joint Oireachtas Agriculture, Food and the Marine committee I am delighted to see such investment in Cork; it illustrates the true value of the seafood industry to our coastal communities as well as our potential for development and growth.

Nationally, 153 will receive funding under this scheme for projects ranging from marine tourism to seafood development and production, community lead initiatives, and supports for small-scale coastal fishermen.

It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteer FLAG Board members here in Cork, and in each of the other FLAG regions, that this year’s programme has delivered so many innovative projects.

Some of our local projects include: seafood business ‘Fish Seafood Deli’ who are expanding their business in Carbery Business Park to increase production of their new seafood product range; ‘Atlantic Sea Kayaking’ who are developing a marine leisure base and blueway hub; and the ‘Seafood and Shanty Festival’ in Ballycotton.

These projects and the allocated funding will help enhance the economic and social wellbeing of our coastal communities here in Cork. The contribution it will have to community development, job creation and skills enhancement across the fishing, aquaculture and maritime industries is a positive step forward in our rural rejuvenation.”