Northumberland’s one and only oyster farm has been awarded a £32,000 grant from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).
Lindisfarne Oysters, run by Christopher and Helen Sutherland, will use the money to help pay for an £80,000 upgrade of the processing unit at the oyster harvesting venture based at Ross Farm, Belford.
The grant is part of a £100,000 package of EFF funding for fish producers and harbours in Northumberland over the last two years.
In addition, L Robson and Sons, the makers of the famous Craster kipper and Swallow Fish of Seahouses have each been awarded £7,000 to help fund new herring splitting machines.
The EFF has provided about £57,000 towards improvement work to the harbours in Seahouses and Amble.
Lindisfarne Oysters began in 1989 on the site of oyster beds established by the monks of Lindisfarne Priory in the late 1300s. It harvests and sells oysters grown on the seashore in the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. The grant will hopefully allow the business to increase production by more than 100,000 oysters a year.
Several Seahouses fishing firms have also benefited from the European funding, and the village’s harbour has been awarded more than £46,000 by the EFF in the past two years. The money is going to fund developments such as new storage facilities for fishermen and measures to reduce the effect of swell conditions in the harbour.
Amble harbour was given £9,000 last year towards the £19,400 cost of a new fuel tank for use by local fishing vessels.
In total the EFF scheme, which runs until the end of 2013, has provided £138m in funding to help England’s fishing industry adapt to changing circumstances.
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