McConalogue announces €1.8m EMFF grants supporting €4.5m investment in 28 aquaculture enterprises
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., today announced the award of €1,811,461 in grants to 28 aquaculture companies under his Department’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme. The grant awards will support total investment of €4.5 million in the aquaculture sector. The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union and are subject to terms and conditions.
Minister McConalogue said, “I am delighted to be in a position today to provide €1.8 million in grants to 28 ambitious aquaculture companies to further the growth of their businesses and our aquaculture sector. These grants will support €4.5 million in investment in oyster, mussels, trout and seaweed farming. Despite two major challenges in the form of Covid and Brexit, these 28 aquaculture businesses are showing confidence in the future of their sector and are expanding their production to meet strong market demand for their quality products.”
Minister added, “In recent years my Department invested in eliminating the licensing backlog for shellfish aquaculture producers and this is I believe being reflected in the large number of grant applications being submitted by shellfish aquaculture producers, showing renewed confidence in their capacity to expand with regulatory certainty.”
Note to Editors:
Ireland’s EMFF Operational Programme 2014-2020 provides €240m in funding to the seafood sector (fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing) over the period 2014 to 2020. The Programme is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union.
Two EMFF support schemes are available to the aquaculture sector to help achieve the aims of the Government’s National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development, published in 2015. The Plan is seeking to sustainably grow production by 45,000 tonnes. The Plan is presently being updated for the 2021-2030 period.
The EMFF Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme supports capital investment by licensed aquaculture enterprises to sustainably grow production and reduce environmental impact of aquaculture, together with costs of organic certification of aquaculture production. The EMFF Knowledge Gateway Scheme promotes and supports innovation, technological development and disease management in the aquaculture sector.
Grant approvals - Sustainable Aquaculture Grant Scheme
Dúlra Iorras Teoranta
Capacity building in a new seaweed production farm and purchase of equipment
Mannin Seafoods Ltd
Mussel Organic Certification
Mulroy Bay Mussels Ltd
Mussel Organic Certification.
B.C. Shellfish Ltd
Capacity building and increasing production on your oyster farm
Donegal Aquaculture Services Ltd
Construction of Oyster packing facility
Cooley Oysters Ltd
Capacity building and expanding of your oyster farm
Crocknagee Oysters Ltd
Construction of oyster handling facility and purchase of equipment including tractors.
Fitzpatrick Oysters Ltd
Phase 2: Purchase of Farm Equipment
Goatsbridge Trout Farm Ltd
Upgrade of Production Facilities
Inish Sal Teoranta
Purchase of trestles, hooks, bags and other equipment to further establish the existing business.
Irish Oysters Harvest Ltd
Capacity building and expanding of an oyster farm
Dingle Bay Shellfish Ltd
Purchase of a new flat bottom oyster barge and grader
Keenan Oysters Ltd
Increasing the production area of an oyster farm
Mr. Liam O’Connor
Increase capacity of oyster farm
Mr. Kevin Kilroy
Start of New Business & Capacity Building of Oyster Farm
Mr. Michael Scannell
Capacity Increase of Oyster Farm
Natura Mussels Ltd
Enhancement of offshore lines to produce oysters using floating bags.
Ocean Run Ltd
Improvement of mooring system and expansion of reusable collector rope
Poulnasherry Oysters Ltd
Purchase of Oyster Bagging Machine
Saddle Rock Fisheries Ltd
Purchase of trestles and bags to develop new oyster sites at Saddle Rock Fisheries Ltd.
Sofi Shellfish Ltd
Increase capacity of an Oyster Farm
To increase and secure oyster production
Turkhead Enterprises Ltd
Purchase of mussel line moulds, ropes and bags
Wild Atlantic Sea Products Ltd
Deployment of seaweed farm
Cromane Bay Shellfish
Purchase of circular grader and oyster barge
Sciana Mara Teoranta
To build capacity and upgrade, to increase efficiency and deal with bigger volumes
Oisri Min an Chairn Teoranta
Capacity building of new oyster sites
Dooriel Fisheries Ltd
Upgrade to Water Oyster Grading Line