Brussels - Brussels backs trout and shellfish aquaculture

Funding worth £800,000 has been awarded to eleven of Scotland’s shellfish growers and trout producers, in a bid to mitigate the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The grants from the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) include nearly £100,000 for phase two of the expansion of Seaforth Mussels on the Isle of Harris and around £200,000 for new specialist trout harvesting equipment at Dawnfresh Seafoods in Lanark.

This investment for small aquaculture businesses is in addition to hardship payments of up to £27,000 which were launched as a direct response to COVID-19 last month.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the seafood sector with the market for some products disappearing almost overnight, leaving many businesses at risk of financial ruin.

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