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27.10.05
Falmouth Fishselling Company Secures Grant For New Blast Freezer

Falmouth Fishselling Company (known as Falfish) has recently secured an Objective One Fisheries investment of £61,472.00 to purchase a new blast freezing facility.

This additional blast freezer rapidly freezes produce to optimise quality. The new blast freezer will be constructed adjacent to the existing factory and linked into the production area. Freezing capacity will be increased by 100% creating 3 extra full-time jobs. The increased quantities of fish that will be purchased for processing as a result of the new blast freezer will offer a stable market for the south west fishing fleet.

Mark Greet, Director of Falmouth Fishselling Co Ltd said "The additional capacity created will enable Falfish to be even more responsive to local fish landings."

Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager commented "Investment such as this new freezing facility is supported by the Fisheries Task Force because it improves the consistency of supply from the region."

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 the Falmouth Fishselling Company through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund (FIFG).

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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 £6,874,242.32 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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