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14.09.05
Falmouth Shellfish Processor Receives Objective One Investment

Oyster boatFalmouth Bay Oysters are investing in their rapidly expanding business with assistance of over £8,500 of Objective One fisheries investment to purchase a specialist oyster grading machine.

Falmouth Bay Oysters was established in 1999. Since then the company has grown from strength to strength and demand for Falmouth Bay Oysters has risen significantly.

The company processes a wide range of shellfish products including the award winning 'Wild Native Falmouth Bay Oyster' and the Falmouth Bay Oyster van travels up to London regularly delivering fresh consignments of this Cornish delicacy to many of London's finest eating establishments.

Previously oysters were graded by hand which was inaccurate and time consuming. The new grader is highly accurate and can grade the oysters very quickly into any specified weight/size category. Not only does the new grader work extremely well for the Falmouth Bay Oysters, it can also be used to grade other products that the company supplies such as crabs, lobsters and scallops.

Jeff Childs, of Falmouth Bay Oysters commented: "This grant, the second Objective One grant the Company has received, has improved the speed and accuracy of our oyster supply demanded by customers. The purchase of the grading machine formed an integral part of a recent HACCP audit carried out on behalf of a major London chain of restaurants and the company is now fully HACCP approved and as such has enabled the company to increase its work force."

oyster boatClare Leverton of South West Pesca Ltd added: "Objective One fisheries grants can help fish businesses upgrade their premises and equipment to meet customer demands. I am particularly pleased to see Native Oysters from the special and unique fishery in Falmouth gaining a good market in the UK."

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

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Falmouth Bay Oysters FEP 740, through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund (FIFG).

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Editor's notes:

The Fal Oyster fishery is a unique fishery. The Port of Truro Oyster Fishery has been operational since Roman times. It is the largest natural oyster fishery in Europe whereby only traditional forms of dredging are allowed. It is also the last oyster fishery in the world still fished under sail and the last commercial sailing fleet left in Europe. Last year there were approximately 12 sailing boats working the Fal. The sailing and fishing season starts on 1 October.

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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