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£1.1 million for fishing industry

Fishing communities to get £1.1 million pounds Photo: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway Council is introducing a new initiative to promote and develop fishing and tourism in the ports and harbours of South West Scotland.

The EFF Axis 4 fund is giving £1.1 million ponds to help sustain fishing communities along the Scottsih Side of the Solway.

Dumfries and Galloway Council secured just over £500,000 from the European Fisheries Fund and have match funded the rest.

Fishing was once once an industry that employed hundreds of people in the area.

But now only 15 vessals set sail every summer to fish around the coast of the UK, according to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The council says that it wants to promote fishing and tourism.

The fund offers a great deal opportunity to boost local economic development by supporting local businesses and communities across the region.

– Councillor Ian Carruthers, D & G Council

The fund is open to micro, small and medium enterprises, third sector organisations and public sector organisations. **

Funding applications will be assessed by the Fisheries Local Action Group which is made up of businesses, local people and council members. **

The European Fisheries fund can be accessed through the submission of an application form available from the council.