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26 February 2009

STEVENSON HAILS SIGNIFICANT FUNDING FOR FISHING PROJECTS

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement of the fifty projects that will receive money under the latest round of the European Fisheries Fund. In total, more than £11 million of public money has been invested so far this year, helping to safeguard hundreds of jobs in the fishing industry.

Successful projects from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) include making vessels more fuel efficient, improving quality in the processing sector and trialling a New Zealand system of mussel farming.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“The announcement of further funding for the fishing industry is a significant boost to everyone in Banff & Buchan whose livelihoods depend on the sector.

“As well as the money to substantially upgrade Peterhead Harbour, these funds will give many vessels the ability to harness new technology to increase their efficiency and lower their operating costs.

“There will also be a significant boost for fish processors, with companies such as Lunar Freezing in Peterhead and Whitelink Seafoods in Fraserburgh gaining substantial investment.

“I welcome the investment being made in the industry in Banff & Buchan and I am sure that we will see real improvements as a result of this funding”.
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