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27.04.07
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 admin@swpesca.co.uk.

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 (FIFG).

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Editor's notes:

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: m_bacon@seafish.co.uk 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 of Scilly.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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