Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme awards first batch of grants

The Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme was set up in April to help projects that will increase the sale and consumption of locally caught seafood. It was a competitive scheme, judged by an independent panel of, fishing industry, government and Marine Management Organisation representatives.
 
The panel has just approved 13 significant projects that have the potential to deliver wider collective benefits. It is seeking further clarification on a number of other projects which will be considered at a further panel meeting on 8 June 2020. Applicants will be notified from today.
 
The fund and the grants scheme were administered by the Marine Management Organisation. The judging panel includes representatives from industry and government, including The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), the New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association (NUFTA), The Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO), Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, Seafish, the Marine Management Organisation and Defra.
 
The Scheme is funded by HM Treasury and the Maritime and Fisheries Fund and is a joint endeavour between Defra, MMO, Seafish and the fishing industry.
 
It is part of the government’s £10 million Fisheries Response Fund to assist the fishing industry sectors most impacted by Covid-19, also administered by MMO.
 
The Marine Management Organisation has yet to publish details of successful applicants to the programme. We’ll publish details on Facebook or our website (www.grin.coop) as soon as we receive further information.