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25.09.03
New crane to help Mevagissey fishermen

Mevagissey Harbour Trustees have received Objective One Fisheries investment of £4,500 to upgrade the jetty hoist by installing a new crane. This will enable the fishermen to change the fishing gears on their vessels more quickly.

The fishing fleet moored in Mevagissey Harbour consists of 61 registered fishing boats, more than half of which fish full time.

This will not only help the fishermen but also reduce the maintenance costs for the harbour and give more space to the
Harbour itself.

Hugh Bowles, Mevagissey Harbour Master stated: "The modernising of the jetty crane will enable the quick and efficient lifting on and off net bins and fishing gear from the boats. Not only will this be a safer way of handing heavy bins, but will also reduce the time spent with fork lift and operator and will ultimately reduce operating costs."

Alison Elvey, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager stated: "This is an important port infrastructure project which will greatly help the fishermen and is exactly the type of project we are looking to fund. Any other harbours interested in funding should contact the team at South West Pesca for information on 01872 270333."

For further information please contact:

Alison Elvey, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager, 01872 270333
Hugh Bowles, Mevagissey Harbour Master, 01726 843305

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Editor's notes:

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 DEFRA in partnership with an Objective One Fisheries Management Group, made up of local fishing sector representatives. South West Pesca Ltd assists applicants to develop projects by providing guidance 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 invested in by the Objective One Programme:

Vessel Modernisation:

 

Adoption of sustainable fishing methods, maximising fish quality on board fishing vessels, and improvements to crew comfort
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

For further information contact:
Alison Elvey, South West Pesca Ltd, Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
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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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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