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Fishing Industry Support

Available: CLOSED

Region : NI only

A new £1.5 million support package for Northern Ireland’s fishing industry has been announced by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

The assistance will be:

  • Ÿ covering three months (March to May 2020)
  • Ÿ capped at £104,000

Delivered via monthly payments

Varying with vessel size per below:

Vessel overall length (metres) Monthly payment (£)
0-10 £1,050
10.01-11.99 £1,800
12.00-14.99 £3,550
15 and over £4,550


The vessel must be a fishing vessel registered in NI
The vessel must normally be active during the period March to May
The vessel must have had fish landings of at least £10,000 in 2019
Vessels with overall length 28m and over are not eligible
The vessels must be available to fish if there is a market for their product (i.e. this is not a “tie-up” scheme)

How to apply

DAERA will inform vessel owners in due course about how to apply for the scheme and provide further details including appeals.

First payments anticipated in early May 2020

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