West Clare Fishing Industry to Benefit from €12 million Fund. Minister Pat Breen advises those involved to apply now.

February 9th, 2017 - Pat Breen

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen in encouraging those involved in the fishing industry along the west coast of Clare to apply now to the €12 million FLAG funding.

The Local Development Strategies for the Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) established under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed towards the end of last week.

Minister Breen said that the strategies will guide the FLAGs in best using the €12 million funding available to them under the EMFF Operational Programme.

“The strategy and funding will promote and support innovative projects in the west coast of Clare and foster economic growth and jobs, by adding value to seafood products and diversifying the local economies of these coastal areas towards new economic activities, particularly in the broader maritime sector,” said Minister Breen.

“Some of the most successful small businesses in west Clare are in fish and seafood sector, despite the many challenges they face. It is therefore prudent that we support these small fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing companies especially now as we face into the challenges posed by Brexit and other world economic factors.

“The Strategies announced last Thursday have been developed by the seven FLAGs over the course of 2016 and are the culmination of much analysis and consultation on the needs of their coastal regions and of their potential opportunities for growth and development,” added the Fine Gael Minister of State.

“The seven FLAGs including the West FLAG made up of Clare and Galway are now inviting applications within their regions to fund projects that contribute to the objectives of their Local Development Strategy. A total of €1.53 million has been allocated to the West Flag up until 2020 and I am encouraging those involved in the industry in Clare to apply for the grant aid as soon as possible,” advised Minister Breen.

A total of €2.4 million has been made available to Bord Iascaigh Mhara in 2017, and this will be dispersed in full to the projects selected by the FLAGs in 2017 for support.

Funding under the FLAG Scheme Contributes to the Action Plan for Rural Development.