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Coronavirus Support for Seafood Fishing Industry

2nd April 2020

The Scottish seafood sector is to receive a package of more than £5 million in financial support during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

An initial payment of 50% of two months’ average earnings will be made to owners of all full time Scottish registered fishing vessels of 12 metres length and under. Support is also being developed for the onshore processing industry and others in the shellfish growing sector.

Marine Scotland will be writing to all vessels and relevant representative Associations with more
details. If you have any immediate queries you can email seafisheriesintervention@gov.scot. 

Further clarification of the scheme is as follows: 

  • Full time is defined as where a vessel has recorded landings of £20,000 or more. This is the same limit that has been applied in previous schemesvessels that are under 12 metres in length and were registered in Scotland on the 18 March 2020
  • Earnings are defined as recorded landing income from sales notes from 2019. This data is submitted to Marine Scotland by buyers
  • Monthly payments are based on monthly average 2019 sales income
  • Wrasse catching vessels will not be included in this initial scheme.

More info HERE

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