A Skye based scheme is amongst 56 projects in Scotland receiving a share of £4.1 million funding to help boost the fishing sector and make it more sustainable.

The funding, which is part of the second round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund, is intended to contribute to the sustainable management of fisheries and marine ecosystems.

Although the Skye project, involving Corgill Fishing and centred around a trawl monitoring scheme, is only put at just over £19,000, the Scottish Government are keen to point out that it is benefitting from continued EU membership for Scotland’s fishing and coastal communities

Some £3.07m of the funding is coming from the EU and £1.03m from the Scottish Government.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, said: "This £4.1 million investment will provide crucial support to businesses, allowing them to upgrade technology and buy new equipment to maintain and enhance the sustainability of the sector, protecting and creating jobs while also building growth in the rural and coastal economy.

“This is an example of why EU funding is essential as it will help the sea fisheries sector improve the quality of their products and help them develop more environmentally friendly methods.

“In the absence of clarity from the UK Government on the impact of the EU referendum vote on EU funding we will do all we can to champion our shared interests and provide reassurance to fishing communities. We know the fishing industry is a vibrant and vital part of our rural economy which is why we will continue to engage with the UK Treasury to get clarity on future funding.”

John Fairgrieve from the Dunbar Fishermen’s Association said: “The award is excellent news for the fishermen of Dunbar and the wider community. The fishermen have worked relentlessly for past couple of years to make this project a reality.

“The project provides opportunities to improve the quality of our catch and look at wider opportunities to market that catch and it will hopefully lead to more jobs within our community.”

For a full list of the projects being supported follow the link here