Round 4 – FLAG Funding Awards

Round 4 – FLAG Funding Awards

Well-done to 58°N Scottish Seaweed Ltd and Bells Seafood Ltd who have both been successful in the latest FLAG funding round.

58°N Scottish Seaweed Ltd has been awarded £4,332 to research the viability of growing seaweed for commercial use in the Highlands.  Ailsa McLellan, Owner of 58°N Scottish Seaweed Ltd “There is increasing demand for seaweed for a multitude of applications including fertilisers, animal and human foods, and biofuels.  Producing farmed seaweed can help to avoid the over exploitation of wild seaweed beds, whilst providing sustainable employment opportunities.  This trial aims to show that it is possible, desirable and profitable for rural coastal communities in North West Scotland to farm seaweed.  I am very grateful to the EMFF and Highland & Moray FLAG for this funding as without their support the project would not have been able to go ahead ”

The FLAG also awarded £12,335 to Bells Seafood Ltd to invest in a freezing and blast freezing facility at Scrabster harbour.  The facility will help the business gain access to export markets abroad and also reduce factory waste by freezing previously discarded offal to provide bait to the local fishing industry. 

The Highland & Moray FLAG have now approved 7 applications to date with funding of £338,000 committed toward a range of projects relating to harbour infrastructure improvements and small business grants.  Sarah Lamb, Highland & Moray FLAG Development Officer: “The FLAG have been active for over a year now and have committed just over a third of their £1 million pound budget.  The FLAG have approved some fantastic projects so far and it’s important we keep this momentum going so I encourage anyone with a project idea to get in touch to discuss”.

For further guidance and to obtain a copy of the Expression of Interest form please contact the EMFF Development Officer Sarah Lamb on 01955 609560 or email sarah.lamb@highland.gov.uk.  Further information and a copy of the form can also be found at www.highlandmorayflag.co.uk