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19.07.05
Isles Of Scilly Fishermen's Association Receive Over £10,000 To Upgrade St Mary's Port Facilities

The Isles of Scilly Fishermen's Association have been awarded Objective One fisheries investment of over £10,000, to install two new ice making machines and a chill store on St Mary's Quay.

The two new machines will provide granular flake ice, which will maintain the quality of catch to a higher standard than the previous machine. The new machines will be easier to use and maintain, will produce sufficient ice for the whole fleet and will be more hygienic to run. These changes will ensure that the fleet can maintain the quality of the fish that they send away to Newlyn Market and consequently should lead to an increase in the price of their catch.

The machines are housed in a building on the quay at St Mary's where space is at a premium. The Association are grateful to the Duchy of Cornwall for making this building available to provide the facilities for the fishing fleet. The ice supply and refrigerated storage is a significant improvement for both local vessels and visitors. It is hoped that these new improvements to the port may encourage other fishing vessels to visit and so generate more revenue for the Association.

The Isles of Scilly Fishermen's Association was established over 20 years ago as an information exchange, to improve the working conditions and operations of the fleet, to support Sea Fisheries Committee initiatives and also supporting the lobster "v" notching and other conservation schemes. There are 30 members made up from the full and part time fishermen who are based on the Isles. By working with South West Pesca, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Sea Fisheries Committee, the Association has been able to use the Objective One fisheries programme to modernise the port facilities.

Mark Pender, Chairman of the Isles of Scilly Fishermen's Association commented: "The reliable availability of ice on St Mary's Quay has had a considerable impact on improving the range of activities that fishermen on the Isles of Scilly are able to undertake and has helped to improve the quality of catch. This is a first step towards ensuring that the high quality fish and shellfish caught in the islands receive the recognition that it deserves."

Clare Leverton of South West Pesca Ltd added: "The Objective One Fisheries Task Force welcomes projects which will make it easier for the high quality of produce to be maintained from the sea to the plate. This is the tenth Objective One grant for ice supply and chilled storage in ports around the coast and the Task Force sees this as a priority for all the Cornish catch."

For further information please contact Clare Leverton, the Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager on 01872 270333.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in The Isles of Scilly Fisherman's Association Ice Machines FEP 713 project through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund (FIFG).

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Editor's notes:

Cornwall's Objective One Fisheries programme will provide over £10 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) and 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 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 211 projects have been approved with £6,644,040.17 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
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, Clare Leverton, South West Pesca Ltd, Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333 Fax: 01872 242470 www.swpesca.co.uk

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

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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