Jan 19, 2016

EMFF and D&G FLAG recruitment


The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) programme is now open for registrations of interest and recruitment of D & G Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) members is underway with a membership application deadline of 31 January.


European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)


EMFF is a European funding scheme to support sustainable economic growth in the sea fisheries and aquaculture sectors and help communities deliver economic benefits. The purpose of the scheme is to provide European Member States with a financial support mechanism for the fisheries, aquaculture and maritime sectors.


The EMFF scheme opened on Monday 18 January 2016 and you can apply for funds to support the fishing and maritime sectors. EMFF follows the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and will run until 2020 or until all available money has been allocated. Full applications can be made from early 2016 but you can register interest, learn about the scheme and start preparing your application now.


In Scotland, funding is available for:


Improvements to fishing gear and energy efficiency

Investments onboard fishing vessels

Investments to shore based facilities

Partnerships and advisory services

Aquaculture, processing and marketing

Support for internal partners

Marine environment and inland fishing

Community Led Local Development via Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs)


More information from Marine Scotland


In England, funding is available for:


Assisting with implementation of the reformed CFP including the Landing Obligation

Improving health and safety on fishing vessels

Improving the added value or quality of fish caught including use of unwanted catch

Investments in fishing ports, landing sites, auction halls and shelters

Processing of fishery and aquaculture products

Investments in aquaculture

Community Led Local Development via Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs)


More information from the Marine Management Organisation


Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs)


Fisheries areas across the EU are facing significant challenges and there is a need for innovative responses that are both sustainable and inclusive. Community Led Local Development (CLLD) enables local fisheries communities to address these challenges at a grass-roots level using the knowledge of local stakeholders to tackle local issues.


You can apply now if you would like to be considered for membership of the Dumfries and Galloway FLAG. Membership will include people from the public, private and voluntary sectors so that the group includes a broad variety of knowledge and expertise from across the region.


Themes CLLD will support include:


Adding value, creating jobs, attracting young people & promoting innovation at all stages of the supply chain for fishery and aquaculture products


Enabling diversification of income inside or outside commercial fisheries – supporting lifelong learning, training and job creation


Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets of the fisheries and aquaculture areas, including projects to mitigate climate change


Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage in fisheries and aquaculture areas, including fisheries, aquaculture, maritime cultural heritage and tourism


Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development and the governance of local fisheries resources and maritime activities


If you think you have the background and knowledge required to help deliver this programme Dumfries and Galloway LEADER team would like to hear from you. The role of a FLAG member is both rewarding and challenging and can offer the opportunity to influence rural development in Dumfries and Galloway.


For more information or a recruitment pack, please contact the LEADER team by email or call 01387 260028.


Please note the deadline for submission of completed application forms is 31 January 2016.


Arrangements for FLAGs to support EMFF in England are progressing slightly differently and more information will be available in the coming months. The current North and West Cumbria FLAG, which was set up to support the previous EFF programme, can be contacted by email or call 01946 67182.


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