The Fisheries and Seafood Scheme (FaSS) has been relaunched ‘to help support the long-term sustainability, resilience and prosperity of the seafood sector across England’.

The scheme first opened last year, and at least £6m in funding has now been secured every year until April 2025.

It will continue to fund projects that ‘boost business resilience and increase sustainability’ across the catching, processing and aquaculture sectors.

The first year of the scheme saw more than 500 projects approved for a range of seafood and marine businesses, charities and other organisations.

Improvements this year are said to include ‘simplified guidance, enhanced levels of funding for micro-entities and funding that is better targeted at the sector’s needs’.

It is promised that regular reviews will ensure that the FaSS continues to evolve over the next three years to reflect feedback from across the sector, evolving policies and the needs of the industry.

The scheme will continue to be administered by the MMO on behalf of Defra.

More details of the scheme, and how to apply, can be found here.

This story was taken from the latest issue of Fishing News. For more up-to-date and in-depth reports on the UK and Irish commercial fishing sector, subscribe to Fishing News here or buy the latest single issue for just £3.30 here

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