Seafood Producers Resilience Fund

Support provided by Scottish Government

What does this involve?

The Seafood Producers Resilience Fund will provide support to eligible shellfish catchers and eligible shellfish and trout aquaculture businesses. Applications must be completed and sent by 26 February 2021.

The funding aims to help businesses which have lost access to domestic and international food markets as a result of Covid-19 and the difficult trading conditions that have resulted from the end of the transition period following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The scheme will provide vital cash to vulnerable fishers and producers as quickly as possible in order to:

  • support the seafood producing sector
  • ensure that viable businesses are not lost
  • keep jobs in remote coastal communities

This funding does not prevent vessels from fishing, or businesses from operating.

For shellfish vessels:

The grant amount awarded is calculated based on the average fixed costs for three months for a vessel of a given size and operating in a given fleet segment.

The average fixed costs have been calculated based on Seafish Fleet Economic Statistics for 2016, 2017 and 2018, rounded to the nearest £100, and include insurance, hire and maintenance, other vessel expenses, interest, some other financial costs and harbour duties. 

Grants are subject to a cap of £45,600 per undertaking and a maximum of £22,800 per vessel. A full list of grant amounts for vessels based on size and sector is available on the Scottish Government site.

For trout and shellfish aquaculture undertakings:

This support will be provided through three monthly grant payments for January, February and March 2021, respectively. A grant application must be completed for each month for which a grant is sought.

Grants made under the scheme will subject to a cap of £40,500 per undertaking or £45,600 per undertaking where the undertaking also owns vessels in the catching sector eligible for support under the fund.  

Specific grant amounts vary according to aquaculture sector and total sales – full details are available in the application form.

Am I eligible?

For shellfish vessels:

Scottish-registered static gear vessels, scallop vessels and nephrops trawlers of any length of any length are eligible.

Vessels must also:

  • have had annual UK landings exceeding £20,000 in any one year of 2017, 2018, 2019, with at least 50% of the declared overall catch value landed anywhere in that year being shellfish
  • have declared landings of shellfish into the UK in 2020

Only vessels that meet these criteria are eligible for support from the fund. Due to the nature of this situation, the eligibility criteria could change at short notice.

For aquaculture undertakings:

Shellfish and trout aquaculture businesses that have lost all or part of their relevant market due to the Covid-19 pandemic and EU Exit are eligible for this fund.

To apply, you must be able to demonstrate that you have an active and authorised aquaculture production business producing shellfish or trout for the table market. 

Specific eligibility criteria for shellfish and trout aquaculture businesses with varying levels of sales are listed in the application form – please make sure you apply under the relevant section.

What does this cost?

It is free to apply.

Who is this for?

Shellfish catchers and eligible shellfish and trout aquaculture undertakings in Scotland which are experiencing financial hardship due to Covid-19 and issues with exporting to the EU following the post-Brexit transition period.

How long does this take?

Applications will be considered as soon as possible once they are received, and you may be asked to provide further information to support your application.

Payments will be made to the nominated bank account within 28 days of a correctly completed form being received and the claim accepted as eligible.

Important information

Applications must be completed and sent by 26 February 2021.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Scottish Government website. Please read the application form carefully before submitting.

There are separate forms for aquaculture businesses and for fishing vessels.  You must complete the correct form for your business.

If your business owns both vessels and aquaculture undertakings, you will have to complete two applications (combined payments will be capped at £45,600). Eligibility, payment rates and other details are different for the two kinds of business, and total payments under the scheme are capped at £45,600 for the catching sector and £40,500 for the aquaculture sector. Full details of the funding available, including eligibility criteria, are contained within the relevant application forms.

Once your completed application has been reviewed and deemed eligible, a grant award letter will be sent to you, confirming the grant amount you are eligible to receive. The grant award letter must be signed and returned to Marine Scotland, after which payments will be made as soon as possible.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for full details of eligibility and how to apply.

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