Welsh Government provide £600,000 to improve health and safety for fishers and aquaculture workers

September 2023 | Featured, River to sea, Rural policy

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The Welsh Government is encouraging workers and businesses in the fishing and aquaculture industries in Wales to make an application for a grant that will provide funding to improve health and safety in the workplace.

The grant is a part of the Welsh Marine and Fisheries Scheme, a fund that exists for the fishing industry to encourage environmentally and economically sustainable growth and helps support those communities that rely on this work. To learn more about the scheme in its entirety, follow this link.

The aim of the Health and Safety Grant is to improve hygiene, health, safety, wellbeing and working conditions for fishers and aquaculture workers in Wales. You can make an application for items such as life jackets and life rafts, and personal location trackers for workers. Every item ordered needs to follow the guidelines and be in accordance with the specifications outlined in Welsh Marine and Fisheries Scheme health and dafety document.

The grants range from a minimum of £200 to a maximum award of £10,000. You can make an application until 11 October 2023. Applicants must register with Rural Payments Wales. You can find guidance on how to do so by following this link.

Lesley Griffiths, Rural Affairs Minister said:

‘Health and safety is paramount, and I’m pleased this funding will enable our fishers and aquaculture workers to improve this aspect of their work.

The Welsh Marine and Fisheries Scheme will be important in helping our fisheries, marine and aquaculture sectors to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead of them, and see our coastal communities thrive into the future.’

You can learn more about this grant, as well as all the other Welsh Marine and Fisheries Scheme grants provided by the Welsh Government, by following this link.

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