New scheme for fishing communities

New scheme for fishing communities

A new government initiative will see the establishment  of a body aimed at supporting and developing fishing communities sin Donegal.

Seven new Fisheries Local Action Groups (Flags), are being established around the country.

The department said the schemes are co-funded by the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund and the Exchequer as part of Ireland’s €241m EMFF Operational Programme. The initiative is focused on community-led development to enhance the economic opportunities and social sustainability of fishing communities. 

A fund of €12m is available to the Flags.

Fine Gael Minister of State and Donegal TD Joe McHugh welcomed the announcement  by Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine of the establishment of the initiative.

“The Flag, North BallyShannon to Muff will work to support and develop fishing communities in County Donegal,” Deputy McHugh said.