Plan to boost Hastings fishery approved

Hastings Borough Council officers have suggested a number of ideas to revitalise the fishery
Hastings Borough Council officers have suggested a number of ideas to revitalise the fishery

A plan to spend £800,000 of prospective EU money on revitalising the fishery was approved on Monday (August 8).

Hastings Borough Council cabinet unanimously agreed to the strategy to use the money from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

But the council will not find out if it has secured the funds until October.

One suggestion was to hold a festival on the seafront in a bid to tackle the fishing industry decline.

Cllr Dawn Poole, who proposed approval, said: “As a small scale fishery there are several challenges from the Common Fisheries Policy reforms, which may or may not change as a result of leaving the EU, and this local development strategy will work to mitigate some of these challenges at a local level.”

Hastings has been selected as one of three Fisheries Local Action Groups in the UK to receive funding for a second time.

The local development strategy focuses on three areas: creating a sustainable fleet and supply chain, protecting the environment, and developing the fishery’s identity.

Activities suggested by officers in these areas included ‘developing the Hastings fish brand’, supporting apprentices, reducing energy costs and getting a new ice maker.

Cllr Poole thanked all who have been involved in supporting the FLAG programme and developing this bid for the second round of funding.

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