Updated: 03/05/17 : 07:38:32
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Sligo seafood businesses benefit from grant funding

An award of €42,000 in grant funding has been made to a Sligo seafood enterprise company run by Eoin Carter under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

A second grant of €37,320 was made to Coney Island Shellfish.
Coney Island Shellfish Ltd
Coney Island Shellfish Ltd

Fine Gael T.D., for Sligo Leitrim Tony McLoughlin has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.

Deputy McLoughlin said, “This round of grant funding will see a substantial increase in funding for aquaculture enterprises, which I believe is most welcome. This money will help our seafood businesses in areas like business development and planning as well as allowing them to purchase the necessary equipment to help them grow into the future.

“Seafood businesses in the Northwest will continue benefit from this scheme, which will continue until 2020. I hope this funding will have a positive knock on effect on our costal communities.

Announcing the funding, Minister Creed said, “In March, I announced EMFF grant awards of €1.8 million to seafood enterprises throughout Ireland. I am delighted to now announce a further €1.3 million in EMFF grant awards to 19 seafood enterprises.

“Grants of almost €1 million are being offered to 10 aquaculture enterprises. Nine of these will further develop our oyster production, while the other concerns mussels. Taken together with the earlier awards in March, this means grant offers of nearly €2 million have already been made this year to 18 aquaculture enterprises and are supporting €5 million in aquaculture capital investments.

Fine Gael is determined that our continuing economic resurgence is felt in all our communities, by supporting sustainable jobs and through strategic investment.