Cash for fishing boats

TWO Shetland fishing crews have received almost £25,000 towards improving their vessels as part of a £4.5 million handout to Scotland from the European Fisheries Fund.

The whitefish boat Venturous receives two grants, one of £15,382 to help with the £38,455 cost of upgrading its fish hold and purchasing a new 300mm mesh net and a 130mm cod end, plus £1,349 towards the £3,373 cost of a new satellite phone and weather system.

Yell whitefish boat Guardian Angell receives £7,900 for the £19,750 cost of a new fish handling system.

Lerwick-based international environment group KIMO was also given £56,613 towards the cost of running its Fishing for Litter campaign next year.