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25.08.05
Objective One Supports Continued Business Expansion At W Harvey & Sons

Newlyn based shellfish merchant, W Harvey & Sons, has recently been awarded an Objective One Fisheries grant of over £15,000. This is the third project in as many years for which W Harvey and Sons have secured Objective One investment which has helped them to expand the business and to create new products in a growing but highly competitive sector.

This most recent grant has helped towards buying equipment to package and present new products for their expanding range of customers. The company has bought a tray sealing machine that has improved presentation and packaging, making the product easy to stack, label and display.

The company now presents new products such as cocktail claws, dressed crabs in the shell, whole cooked claws, and gourmet packs of various shellfish meats, all in a format to suit their customers. Careful processing and sealing in trays gives a shelf life of 3 weeks.

Matthew Harvey, a partner at W Harvey & Sons, Newlyn said: "The new products and packaging mean that we have increased our sales, and we have gained new UK and European customers. So far customers' comments on the new products and packaging are fantastic."

Adding value to Cornish seafood through processing and product development is a high priority for the Fisheries Programme. The Objective One investment aid is targeted at projects like this one by the Fisheries Task Force Strategy. Sam Lambourn, Chair of the Task Force said: "This is a top priority project in the Fisheries Strategy as it increases wealth and employment in Cornwall. The Task Force is now looking forward to the next 10 years at how to develop the industry further."

For further information please contact Clare Leverton of Objective One Fisheries Programme on 01872 270333 or email: clare@swpesca.co.uk.

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

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Editor's notes:

Background Note to the Objective One Fisheries Programme:
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 213 projects have been approved with £6,675,782.60 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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