Fisheries fund cash available

PETERHEAD and surrounding coastal villages are being urged to grab a share of the latest round of funding from the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund (AEFF).

The funding helps to develop and support Aberdeenshire’s coastal areas is being made available through the European Fisheries Fund.

Local groups, individuals and organisations hoping to promote sustainable development in Aberdeenshire’s fisheries areas are being offered the chance to tap into a £1.1 million fund.

The AEFF budget of around £1.1 million is financed by the European Commission. The fund is administered locally by the FLAG partnership, a collective group of fisheries, public, private and voluntary sector organisations, of which Aberdeenshire Council is the lead partner.

Money awarded to a project will have to be matched by an equal sum from the public sector, which means there is a total of around £2.2 million available for local initiatives.

So far this year, eight projects have been approved for funding from the AEFF.

Chair of the Fisheries Working Group, councillor Charles Buchan, said: “Fisheries communities are a vital part of Aberdeenshire’s economic and cultural identity and it is great that they are being supported by the AEFF fund and match-funding from the public sector.”

Anyone interested in applying for funding, or finding out more, should contact AEFF Co-ordinator, Ann Marie Macaskill, on 01467 628278 or visit www.aeff.co.u