Comeback for Fisherman’s Friend fund

Councillor Elizabeth Riches

Councillor Elizabeth Riches

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A SKIPPER from St Monans is revamping his vessel thanks to a re-launched fund.

Michael Bruce, who operates the M/V Shalimar, secured help from Fife Council’s Fife Fisheries Development Fund.

He intends to use the cash to help towards the cost of installing a new onboard storage tank and aeration system for shellfish.

The new equipment will help improve the quality of the catch and its market value.

Bill Hughes, manager of the Fishermen’s Mutual Association in Pittenweem (FMA), who administers the scheme on behalf of Fife Council, said: “The grant support provided by Fife Council in these recessive times can really help the local industry to remain viable.

“If only the Scottish Government would follow the lead of this local authority, the inshore fishing industry could look forward to a good long term future.”

In making the award, East Neuk councillor Elizabeth Riches (right), chair of the Fife Fisheries Development Group said: “The local fishing sector makes a significant contribution to the Fife economy so it is important that Fife Council supports the jobs and businesses that make up this community.”

Councillors of the north east Fife area committee endorsed the re-launch of the Fife Fisheries Development Fund in June. The scheme is also backed by the Fife Fisheries Development Group.