Cash award for Cornwall's fishing community

Cornwall's fishing communities have been awarded nearly £850,000 as part of a European Fisheries Fund project.

The scheme aims to develop small communities which largely depend on fishing for employment.

It is one of six coastal areas around England to be awarded money and designated as a Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).

The others are North Devon, West and North Cumbria, North Norfolk, Hastings and the East Riding area of Yorkshire.

Neil Robertson, from the Cornwall Development Company which was responsible for bidding for the FLAG status, said: "We are delighted to be awarded this amount to invest in our fishing communities and we're itching to start."

Tony Tomlinson, chair of St Mawes and District Fishermen's Association, said: "It's going to be an exciting time working with our communities, identifying priorities and establishing a strategy."

In 2009 more than £27m (14000 tonnes) of fish was landed at ports in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, according to the Marine Management Organisation.

About 670 fishing vessels are registered in the region.

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