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Life raft for Lenton Rose

Nick Tomlinson, owner and skipper of the Mevagissey based trawler the Lenton Rose, has recently secured an Objective One fisheries grant of £250 towards the purchase of a four man life raft for his vessel. At present life rafts are not mandatory for under 10 metre vessels. As Mr Tomlinson is a single handed fisherman his safety at sea is paramount. The new life raft will ensure that if Mr Tomlinson has to abandon ship in an emergency whilst fishing, he will be able to safely escape the situation. The raft will be fitted in a special cradle aboard the vessel and will have a hydrostatic release, which will ensure that the raft will inflate automatically should the raft become submerged under water.

Nicky Harrison, Objective One Fisheries Project Officer commented: "I am pleased to see a skipper taking advantage of the available grants to enhance his safety in a job that is renowned for the dangers involved."

Nick Tomlinson, owner and skipper of the Lenton Rose, added: "Although it is not mandatory for me to have a life raft aboard my vessel, it makes me feel a lot better to know that it is there should I ever have to use it."

For further information contact Clare Leverton of the Objective One Fisheries Programme on 01872 270333 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in fisheries through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) Fund.


Editor's notes:

Cornwall's Objective One Fisheries programme will provide over £10 million from April 2001 to December 2006 to the fishing industry in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The funds are a mixture of EU and national funds, through the Financial Instruments for Fisheries Guidance fund (FIFG) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The projects are approved by the Marine Fisheries Agency in partnership with an Objective One Fisheries Priority Management Group, made up of local fishing sector representatives. South West Pesca Ltd helps applicants to develop projects by providing guidance and help on completing application forms and submitting applications.

Up to 40% (35% EU and 5% National) grants are available for the private sector projects and 75% grants for the public sector projects. So far 275 projects have been approved with £7,699,202.96 of funds committed to these projects.

Examples of projects funded by the Objective One Programme:

Vessel Modernisation:
Adoption of sustainable fishing methods, maximising fish quality on board fishing vessels, and improvements to crew comfort and working conditions, and improvements to safety
Improvement of fishing ports
Processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture products
Product promotion
Projects by members of the trade of collective benefit to the fishing industry
Innovative measures


Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

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