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30.08.05
Falmouth Fishselling Company Secures Investment For Scallop Stock Control

Falmouth Fishselling Company (known as Falfish) has recently secured Objective One fisheries investment of over £20,000 to install a new scallop stock control system. The project will involve the installation of a weighing machine that is linked to computer software so that all scallop data can be accurately recorded and maintained on a database. The new computer will also print labels that can be scanned so that information about the scallops can be traced through the supply chain.

The equipment will not only hold information about size and weight of scallops, but will also record which staff handled the scallops, where they were landed by what vessel. This will ensure that traceability is maintained and guarantee quality down the line. The system has benefits for the approximately 30 fishing vessels that supply Falfish and up to 50 staff as the system accurately records the quantity of meat yielded from the scallops allowing the boats to be paid quickly and accurately for their catch and the staff to be rewarded for their hard work.

Mark Greet, Director of Falmouth Fishselling Co Ltd said: "This project will greatly improve our efficiency and information flow to the benefit of fishing vessels and our customers."

Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager commented: "The Fisheries Programme supports efficient processing which adds value to their raw product within the region therefore contributing to local employment and wealth."

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

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

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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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