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FLAG News – November 2017

FLAG News – November 2017
Posted : November 22, 2017

Four FLAG projects have had the final approval from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). The projects include providing an innovative safety ladder for 50 lone working fishermen, fishing vessel improvements, a pilot sea safety course that will allow fishermen to test the water before committing to the industry and some fishermen’s huts to help preserve small scale coastal fishing in the beautiful Lulworth Cove, work is now underway to deliver these.

The FLAG programme staff have also helped develop a number of projects for the main European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, these include a research project looking at the role of wrasse in southwest waters and various projects that will replace older fishing gear with more sustainable versions.

Martin is in Bavaria, Germany this week at a conference organised by FARNET, the European network of FLAGs. The conference will focus on how to integrate aquaculture into communities and will give Martin lots of new and different ideas about how to develop this sector in the Dorset and East Devon FLAG area. There is also a field trip planned so Martin can see first-hand some successful German FLAG aquaculture projects. Follow him on twitter for updates throughout the week @DorsetDevonFLAG

Rhiannon will be in Hastings later this week with all of the other English FLAGs. This is the second of these events; the first one was in Cornwall in May this year. These events are great for networking and sharing best practice between the FLAGs around England. Rhiannon will visit some successful Hastings FLAG projects while she is there.

The MMO have advised that engine replacement for commercial fishing vessels is now eligible for funding under EMFF. Full guidance can be found on MMO website here or you can contact dorseteastdevonflag@dorsetcc.gov.uk

For more information on the Dorset & East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group, visit their page: www.dorsetcoast.com/projects/FLAG

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