The North East Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group (NESFLAG) has made its first grant awards to projects in Aberdeenshire from a new programme which supports fishing communities across the North-East.

The FLAG approved two applications worth a total of £73,758.58 in its first funding round.

NESFLAG delivers the Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) element of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), financed by the European Commission and Marine Scotland.

The FLAG comprises a partnership of around 20 organisations from the private, public and community sectors and has a strong representation from fisheries organisations.

The programme, which launched in March 2016, has a total budget of £1.43million and covers fisheries areas in Aberdeenshire and Angus.

The successful projects include a new boat shed, workshop and community space at Buchanhaven Harbour; and an extension to the Port Henry Marina in Peterhead Harbour which will increase capacity for the inshore fishing fleet and visiting leisure craft.

Jamie Wilkinson, NESFLAG Co-ordinator, said

“I am delighted that NESFLAG has approved funding awards to these two very strong projects. Both of the applications demonstrated a wide community benefit and will deliver long term assets for the area.”

“NESFLAG supports ‘Community-Led Local Development’ and encourages applications from a wide range of community groups and local businesses. We continue to work with and support applicants coming forward with new project ideas.”

Jimmy Buchan, NESFLAG Chair, said

“I am pleased to see these two projects approved which will bring many benefits to the community; we are looking forward to see them completed and operational. The projects are well thought out and will make a difference to the local communities they serve”

NESFLAG is open for further funding applications and welcomes enquiries from groups and businesses across fishing communities in Aberdeenshire and Angus.

Prospective applicants should contact the co-ordinator who can offer support in the preparation of applications.