EU funding to boost Scottish salmon farming

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European Maritime Fisheries Funding to give £4.8m ‘leg-up’ to supply chains in Scotland’s fishing and aquaculture industry.

The latest round of grants from the European Maritime Fisheries Funding (EMFF) scheme will provide £4.8m to be shared across 29 projects in the country including seaweed fishing and salmon farming according to Press and Journal.

Rural Economy Minister Fergus Ewing said the cash will provide a “vital financial leg-up” and help to “support the whole fisheries supply chain”.

Mr Ewing said: “This seventh round of EMFF grants will provide a vital financial leg-up to projects from the Shetland Islands to Dumfries and Galloway – with the nearly £5m invested helping to support the whole fisheries supply chain to reach new markets, and improving the overall quality of Scottish produce.

“The new funding will also help to support the growth potential of Scotland’s shellfish sector, reinforce the importance of training, health and welfare within salmon aquaculture and a ground-breaking initiative to assess the health of our iconic wild salmon stocks.”