05 August 2022

The UK government has committed nearly £3 million of funding to 17 new projects under the UK Seafood Fund (UKSF), as part of enabling a resilient and sustainable fishing industry equipped for the future and helping level up coastal communities across the union.

The £100 million UK Seafood Fund is divided into four components: science and innovation, infrastructure, skills and training, and exports support. The 17 successful projects under Round 2 of the Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships (FISP) scheme, part of science and innovation include: Cefas’s project in the Farn Deeps Nephrops to test innovative new trawls that have the potential to reduce bycatch; and the Holderness Fishing Industry Group’s project, in partnership with the University of Hull, to reduce the impact and assess the hidden costs of lost fishing gear.

New rounds opening

Fisheries and Industry Science Partnerships

  • Round 3 of FISP, which is now open for applications, sees increased funding available of up to £1 million for two-year projects and new eligible funding areas, allowing for a wider variety of more ambitious projects to receive support.

Skills and Training Scheme

  • Round 1 of the Skills and Training Scheme is also now open, with up to £5 million now available to invest in training to develop and improve courses to upskill the industry in essential skills.<>   

Infrastructure Scheme

  • Round 2 of the Infrastructure Scheme, which seeks to build capability across the UK fishing sector supply chain and will provide funding to March 2025, will open in September.

Further information on all of the UKSF’s schemes can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-seafood-fund


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