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18.09.03
Port Isaac fisherman receives Objective One investment

Callum Greenhalgh, a Port Isaac shell fisherman, has received Objective One Fisheries investment of over £1,600. The investment will be used to upgrade a store and install tanks for his lobster catch and purchase scales.

Callum lands shellfish daily so at the end of a days fishing brings his catch ashore. Before the investment he did not have a suitable storage facility to keep his shellfish. The pots were stored in a public place making them vulnerable to bad weather and unsecured.

With the new store and tanks the lobsters and other shellfish will be handled less which helps keep them in good condition. The scales will enable Callum to weigh his catch more accurately.

Callum Greenhalgh commented: "Without the Objective One investment, made possible with advice from South West Pesca, the project would not have got off the ground. The added value and availability not dependent upon the weather makes for a more optimistic future in shellfish."

Alison Elvey, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manger, added: "The more fishermen Objective One can help keep their fish as fresh and of high quality as possible, is good news for the fishing industry as a whole. I am pleased to see Port Isaac fishermen apply for grants to support their valuable shellfish."

For further information contact:

Alison Elvey
South West Pesca Ltd
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470
www.swpesca.co.uk

Please note Alison Elvey has returned from travelling to stand in for Clare Leverton whilst she is on maternity leave.

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Editor's notes:

Objective One Fisheries Programme

Cornwall's Objective One Fisheries programme will provide £5 million from April 2001 to March 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) the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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

Up to 40% grants are available for the private sector projects and 75% grants for the public sector projects. So far 117 projects have been approved with over £2,260,400 of FIFG committed to projects and almost £315,000 of DEFRA funds.

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
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
Aquaculture
Protection and development of aquatic resources by fixed of movable Structures

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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
objectiveone@cornwall.gov.uk

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