Euro fund awards cash to Cumbria's fishing community

Whitehaven harbour
Image caption Whitehaven harbour is one of the areas which will benefit

Cumbria's fishing communities are to receive a share of a £4m European fund.

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

The exact allocation will be determined after meetings involving fishermen and the Marine Management Organisation, which administers the fund in the UK.

Cumbria has a fishing fleet of almost 200 vessels at ports in Barrow, Whitehaven, Ravenglass, Workington, Maryport and Silloth.

The county 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, Cornwall, North Norfolk, Hastings and the East Riding area of Yorkshire.

Celia MacKenzie, chief executive of Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, said: "This is great news for this region, we have had such a positive response and support in putting this application together from those in the fishing industry and from the agencies.

"We are sure the money will deliver a better future to all those involved in fishing round this coastline.

"The ambition is to develop a strategy that will look to improve local markets and also add value to the fish landed and processed on this coast."

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