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Objective One Investment For New Crab Processing Unit

The out-buiding before conversionObjective One investment of over £15,000 has been awarded to Kynance Cornish Crab, owned and run by Bernie Kessell of the Lizard.

Previously Mrs Kessell operated a small 'cottage industry' processing freshly caught crabs on a small scale from her cottage on the Lizard. The Objective One investment has helped finance the conversion of an out-building into a crab processing unit.

Mrs Kessell has been successfully processing freshly caught crab supplied by her husband and other boats from the Helford for several years. The dressed crab meat that she produces is of the finest quality possible and demand for the product is high. The new crab processing unit will enable her to keep up with the demand for her product.

The new crab processing unitBernie Kessell commented: "The Objective One grant has enabled us to expand and produce our product far more efficiently from our purpose built unit."

Clare Leverton of South West Pesca Ltd added: "Small businesses are very important in rural areas, providing skilled jobs and income to the economy. It is appropriate for Objective One to invest in the production of a high quality product which is linked to the high quality local environment."

Further information 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 Kessell crab processing unit through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund (FIFG).


Editor's notes:

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 221 projects have been approved with £6,851,535.52 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
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


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

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