The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is the main fund for the EU’s maritime and fisheries sectors for the period 2014 to 2020. The EMFF replaces the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) which covered the period 2007 to 2013.
The EMFF primarily provides support for sustainable development within the fishing and aquaculture sectors. The scheme is intended to assist fishermen in their transition to more sustainable fishing whilst allowing local communities to diversify and provide much needed finance for certain projects.
The Operational Programme was adopted by the European Commission in late 2015 and the Scottish Government opened applications on 18 January 2016.
Projects that can demonstrate sustainable economic growth in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, offer support to local communities to implement the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and particular aspects thereof (for example the landing obligation) and support technological advances and innovation will be given particular consideration.
Eligibility requirements depend upon the applicant and the project and the application process itself varies depending upon the grant sought. The mains aims of the EMFF shall however apply regardless:-
- ensure the fisheries and aquaculture sectors become more sustainable
- conservation of the marine environment
- support growth and the development of jobs in coastal communities
Marine Scotland has developed specific guidance depending upon the project and this can be found here.