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Hayle shellfish merchant receives Objective One Investment for ice machine

Harold Hawkins, a Hayle based shellfish merchant, has received investment from the Objective One Fisheries Programme for over £1,000 to buy an ice-making machine for his factory.

The icemaker will be installed at the factory and will reduce transport costs of bringing ice from Newlyn.

The business, which has been established for over 12 years hopes to move from merchanting to processing shellfish and add value to shellfish products.

Harold Hawkins, a partner of Hawkins Fish said: "I am delighted to receive this investment from Objective One to re-equip my factory and look forward to extending the project further in the New Year. This has been a great help to my business and others in the industry should also take advantage of the money available."

Clare Leverton, Programme Manager of South West Pesca added: "Processing shellfish in Cornwall is a great way of adding value to the Cornish catch. Mr Hawkins is fully aware of this and is hoping to make further changes to the business with the aid of Objective One investment."


Editor's notes:

Background Note
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 an 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 126 projects have been approved with £3,130,800 of FIFG committed to projects and over £370,000 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
Protection and development of aquatic resources by fixed of movable Structures

For further information contact:
Clare Leverton, South West Pesca Ltd
Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470


Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388

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