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03.11.05
St Mary's Quay Investment To Upgrade Port Facilities

Objective One investment of over £3500 has been awarded to the Duchy of Cornwall for improvements to the Quay at St Mary's. The project to install 2 new ladders with fenders is small-scale, but it has big benefits.

The new ladders will not only improve safety, but will double the efficiency for the fishermen landing their catch and speed up the time taken to load and unload gear. This is particularly good news for the 6 full-time and 29 part-time fishermen that use the port on a regular basis as ultimately the improvements will reduce the time they spend getting on and off the boats. It will also mean safer working practices for the fishermen. The fenders will prevent the ladders from getting damaged by the boats as well as stopping the boats themselves from being damaged.

The work, which has now been completed on St Mary's Quay, is entirely in keeping with the traditional look of the historic Victorian quay which also holds English Heritage Listed status.

Colin Sturmer, land agent commented: "This project will improve the safety of fishermen who use St Mary's Quay. Initiatives such as this help to safeguard the future of the fishing industry on the Isles of Scilly. The Objective One investment from PESCA was a major incentive to carry out this work."

Clare Leverton of South West Pesca Ltd added: "The fishing boats tied up alongside St Mary's add to its wonderful international image as an historic working fishing port."

For further information please contact Clare Leverton of the 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 St Mary's Quay through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (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 221 projects have been approved with £6,874,242.32 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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