Axis 4 launched in Aberdeenshire

A new programme to fund local initiatives which will help develop the sustainability of fisheries areas was launched formally in Aberdeenshire on Friday.

The Scottish Government allocated nearly £1.1 million to the area from the European Fisheries Fund Axis 4, which will be matched by an equal sum from the public sector, meaning there will be a total of around £2.2 million available.

AEFF is the abbreviation for European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 in Aberdeenshire. The AEFF programme for Aberdeenshire will formally launch at Banff and Buchan College, Fraserburgh.

Tony Jackson, of the Buchan Braes Hotel at Boddam, will be holding cookery demonstrations throughout the afternoon incorporating a wealth of locally-sourced seafood which delegates will be able to enjoy on the day.

The afternoon will provide an overview of the AEFF programme in Aberdeenshire and provide examples for successful diversification projects within Scotland and the EU.

It is an open event, but those interested should register as soon as possible by calling (01467) 628278 or emailing: annmarie.macaskill@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Anyone with an interest in AEFF is invited to download, complete and submit the AEFF Expression of Interest form on the council website: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/support/aeff-expressionoiinterest.asp

The programme has been running for some time in other parts of the EU and the Farnet website provides an insight into the types of projects which have been supported: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/cms/farnet/

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