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Fund title: UK Seafood Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

A new £100m fund to support the UK seafood sector. The first strand to launch is the Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships scheme for research and innovation to improve the productivity and long-term sustainability of the fishing industry

Application deadline:

Opening soon

Fund description:

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will manage a new £100 million UK Seafood Fund to invest in the long-term sustainability of the UK fisheries and seafood sector. The fund will be available until 5 April 2024.

The fund’s objectives are to rejuvenate the fisheries and seafood sector, take advantage of the UK’s additional fishing quota and bring economic growth to coastal communities.

The UK Seafood Fund is divided between:

  • science and innovation
  • infrastructure
  • skills and training

The first scheme to launch as part of the new fund is the Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships (FISP) scheme. FISP aims to improve and share knowledge of fisheries and aquaculture to support sustainable fisheries management. The scheme will fund the gathering of new data to sustainably manage the UK’s fish stocks, research new types of fishing gear to boost sustainable fishing, increase confidence in fisheries science, and increase knowledge of the benefits and impacts of fish farming. Partnerships between UK seafood businesses and research institutes will be able to apply.

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-seafood-fund-fisheries-industry-science-partnerships-scheme