Aims of the fund
This tranche of funding closed on 30 September 2014
The EFF aims to provide support to four basic areas, under six overall aims, including:
- support the Common Fisheries Policy to ensure exploitation of living aquatic resources in a way which creates the necessary conditions for sustainability in economic, environmental and social terms
- promote a sustainable balance between resources and fleet capacity
- strengthen competitiveness and the development of economically viable enterprises in the sector
- foster the protection of the environment and natural resources
- encourage sustainable development and the improvement of the quality of life in marine, lake and coastal areas affected by fishing and aquaculture activities
- promote equality between women and men in the development of the sector and coastal fishing areas
EFF funding available in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is classed as an area with non-convergence status and has been allocated EFF grant-aid of approximately €18.1 million. EU support will be matched by national funding representing an investment of over €36 million in fisheries projects in Northern Ireland.
Priority axes for EFF funding
Support will be provided under EFF based on four priority axes. These are:
- adaptation of the Community fishing fleet
- aquaculture, inland fishing, processing and marketing of fisheries and aquaculture products
- measures of collective benefit
- sustainable development of fisheries areas
On Monday 3 August 2009, former DARD Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA announced the opening of the first three measures of the EFF. A further four measures were subsequently opened.
On Thursday 17 October 2013, DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill MLA announced the opening of a further measure, the sustainable development of fisheries areas. This measure closed on 29 November 2013.
Most recent measures
|Measure||Opening Date||Closing Date||Budget|
|Collective actions||3 August 2009||30 September 2014||
|Productive investments in aquaculture||3 August 2009||30 September 2014||£1,600,000|
|Investments in processing and marketing||3 August 2009||30 September 2014||
|Fishing ports, landing sites and shelters||20 August 2009||30 September 2014||£3,500,000|
|Investments on board fishing vessels and selectivity||
1 September 2010
|30 September 2014||
|Small-scale coastal fishing||23 February 2011||30 September 2014||
The most recent tranche of the European Fisheries Fund closed for applications under the Collective Actions, Aquaculture, Processing and Marketing, Ports, Landing Sites and Shelters, Investments on board and Small-scale Coastal Fishing measures on 30 September 2014.
Applications and guidance
Fisheries grant application forms for the measures available under European Fisheries Funding measures are available to download.
Fisheries grant guidance notes for each of the applications are available to download.
EFF transparency initiative
It is a requirement of the EU Commission that all beneficiaries of grant aid from the EFF are publicised. This is done through the European Transparency Initiative, which requires the following information to be made public:
- name of the beneficiary
- name of the operation (project title/brief description)
- year of allocation (year the project is approved)
- year of payment (year that the final claim for payment is made)
- amount of EFF funding committed
- amount of national funding committed
- total amount paid
A list of beneficiaries will be updated at least twice a year.
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