Vessel modernisation grant for single-handed fisherman
Michael Burt, owner and skipper of the Newquay based potter
'Sundowner', has recently been awarded an Objective
One Fisheries grant of nearly £5000 to install a gunwale
roller, new pot hauler and console, and a baiting table aboard
Mr Burt, is a single-handed fisherman who has been fishing
in Cornwall for over 43 years. Throughout the year he fishes
with around 500 pots for brown crabs, spider crabs and lobsters.
As a single-handed fisherman, pot-hauling is particularly
strenuous and dangerous. As the pots emerge from the water,
Mr Burt has to lean over the side of the boat to grab a pot
and balance it on the gunwale. In addition to this, once the
pot is hauled on board, it rests on a narrow strip on the
side of the boat while the catch is unloaded and the pot re-baited.
With the grant assistance Mr Burt will be able to modernise
his vessel by installing a gunwale roller, new pot hauler
and console and a baiting table. The gunwale roller allows
the pots to be hauled with greater ease, whilst the pot hauler
will ensure the pots are brought aboard the boat with minimum
effort. The new console which will be attached to the outside
of the wheelhouse will mean that Mr Burt can stand comfortably
and safely as he controls the pots as they are brought aboard
the boat onto the baiting table. Once on the table he will
be able to take out the catch and re-bait the pot with ease.
Nicky Harrison, Objective One Fisheries Project Officer commented:
"This project will drastically improve the safety
and working conditions for Mr Burt. As a single-handed fisherman
he only has himself to rely on should anything go wrong whilst
away to sea."
Mick Burt, owner and skipper of the 'Sundowner'
added: "I am very pleased to receive this help as
I know this will make a big difference to my work and safety
being single handed."
For further information please contact Clare Leverton of
the Objective One Fisheries Programme on 01872 270333 or email
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in fisheries though the Financial
Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) fund.
Cornwall's Objective One Fisheries programme will provide
over £10 million from April 2001 to December 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 Instrument for Fisheries Guidance fund (FIFG)
and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The projects are approved by the Marine Fisheries Agency
in partnership with an Objective One Fisheries Priority Management
Group, made up of local fishing sector representatives. South
West Pesca Ltd helps applicants to develop projects by providing
guidance and help on completing application forms and submitting
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 273 projects have been approved with
£7,646,626.80 of funds committed to these projects.
Examples of projects funded by the Objective One Programme:
Adoption of sustainable fishing methods, maximising fish
quality on board fishing vessels, and improvements to
crew comfort and working conditions, and improvements
||Improvement of fishing ports
||Processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture
||Projects by members of the trade of collective benefit
to the fishing industry
For further information contact, Clare Leverton, South West
Pesca Ltd, Trevint House, Strangways Villas, Truro, TR1 2PA
Tel: 01872 270333
Fax: 01872 242470
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439