Morel Margh fishroom insulation
Stephen Long, owner and skipper of MFV 'Morel Margh'
has received Objective One Fisheries investment of over £1000
towards his project to insulate the fishroom aboard his vessel.
The new fishroom will ensure fish quality and hygiene levels
are of the highest standard possible. The aid comes from the
EU and Marine and Fisheries Agency.
Mr Long and his crew fish for scallops off Newlyn and the
Isles of Scilly during the summer, and trawl in the winter
months. The new fishroom, fitted by Gaffers and Luggers boatyard
(Falmouth), enables the fishermen to stay away at sea for
up to three days, allowing them to fish less pressured areas,
as well as reducing time and effort spent on fishing. Having
an insulated fishroom ensures Mr Long's catch is always
kept at the highest quality and cuts his ice and diesel costs.
As a result of this project, Mr Long is now in the process
of gaining accreditation with 'Responsible Fishing'
from Seafish, as the newly insulated fishroom now exceeds
the required industry standards.
Stephen Long, skipper of the Morel Margh commented: "Insulation
of the fishroom has enabled us to obtain the best price at
market, without increasing our fishing effort, because the
product is kept chilled."
Nicky Harrison, Objective One Fisheries Project Officer,
commented: "Steven is one of a number of fishermen
who has received grant aid for a fishroom on their vessel.
Projects that maximise the quality of landed fish are a high
priority of the Objective One Fisheries Task Force."
For further information contact Clare Leverton, Objective
One Fisheries Programme Manager, on 01872 270333 or email
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in assisting fishermen in Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly maximise the quality of landed fish
through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund
The Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme is a voluntary scheme,
which was launched by Seafish in May 2006. The aim of the
independent certification scheme is to drive up standards
by demonstrating the catching sector's commitment to
responsible practices. Among the latest applications is an
entire fleet of scallopers working in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall.
Independent certification schemes, such as the Responsible
Fishing Scheme, are becoming increasingly important in the
seafood industry, with major buyers such as Marks and Spencer
announcing their intention to source all seafood from independently
accredited resources by 2012.
For more information on the Responsible Fishing Scheme, please
contact Mickey Bacon by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or mobile: 07976 222936.
The Marine and Fisheries Agency is an executive agency of
government which is tasked with service delivery, inspection,
and enforcement provided by the government to the fishing
industry and other marine users in England and Wales.
The MFA has overall responsibility for the enforcement
of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and its associated regulations
within the 60,000 square miles of English and Welsh waters.
The MFA manages the FIFG grants from the EU which fund the
Objective One Fisheries Programme in Cornwall and the Isles
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