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Fisheries Industry Support Scheme

The Department for Environment, Food and Agriculture’s Coronavirus Fisheries Industry Support Scheme 2020 has been established to provide grant assistance to support fixed costs incurred by the Manx fishing fleet and local seafood businesses during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Fisheries Industry Support Scheme 2020 - extension

The Coronavirus Fisheries Industry Support Scheme 2020 has been extended by Tynwald. Qualifying fishing vessel owners may apply for assistance with fixed costs for the period commencing on 8 June 2020 and concluding on 31 August 2020.

If you have not yet been approved for financial assistance under this Scheme, you may apply for funding for the period 8th June to 31st August 2020 only.  To apply, please complete the application form below and return to the Department by 31st August 2020, when the scheme will close.

Note - If you have previously been approved for financial assistance under this Scheme you do not need to complete a second application form, but the Department will contact you directly with details on how to reapply.

For more information please contact DEFA Fisheries on 01624 685857.

Application form for Coronavirus Fisheries Industry Support Scheme 2020 – Extension application

Please note that seafood businesses and seafood trader-brokers may also apply for support for the extended period of the Scheme.  Previous applicants will again be contacted about reapplying.  However, the application forms for support for both a seafood business or seafood trader-broker are available by contacting DEFA Fisheries on 01624 685857 or email fisheries@gov.im.  Applications need to be completed and returned to the Department by no later than 31st August 2020, when the scheme closes.
Eligibility Criteria

Fishing vessels

Assistance for fishing vessels is available to those that meet the following criteria;

  • Current registration with the Isle of Man Ship Registry.

AND

  • (a)       in respect of which the owner has held a valid Isle of Man Sea Fishing Licence issued by the Department since 28 February 2020

OR

  • (b)      in respect of which an application for an Isle of Man Sea Fishing Licence for the 2020/21 licensing period was received prior to 25 March 2020.

Seafood Business

Assistance for Seafood Businesses is available to those that meet the following criteria;

  • Continuously registered as a buyer and seller under the Sea-Fisheries (Registration of Fish Buyers and Sellers) (Isle of Man) Regulations 2012 since 28 February 2020.

AND

  • (a)    annual first sale fish purchase total of over £15,000 in the last financial year; this means the purchase of fish and fishery products being marketed for the first time, i.e. direct from fishing vessels.

OR

  • (b)    an annual seafood purchase total of over £15,000 in the last financial year and at least 70% of the business turnover related to seafood products. Seafood purchases means the purchase of fish and fishery products other than first sale (quayside), e.g. from another business or processor.

Assessment Criteria

The Department will assess each application based on the following criteria:

  • FULL completion of the application form -please ensure you've checked that every section of the form is completed
  • Eligibility; and
  • In the case of Seafood Businesses – provision of required evidence.

Coronavirus Support Scheme Application Form – Business

Coronavirus Support Scheme Application Form - Vessels

Key Information

  • Only one application per fishing vessel/seafood business will be permitted.
  • Those in receipt of financial assistance under the scheme are not prevented from fishing or the buying/processing of fish, although the Government strongly advises them to ensure that there is a suitable buyer for their catch.
  • The Department will authorise payment to be made to qualifying applicants. All payments will usually be made into the applicant's business bank account as soon as possible.
  • Due to the high volume of expected applications, the Department will notify ineligible or rejected applicants via email stating the reasons for the refusal.
  • If your application is refused you can request a review of the decision. This request must be made by the applicant, in writing, within a month of being notified of the decision. DEFA will then appoint a review officer, not involved in the original decision making process, and you will be notified of the outcome of the review process.
  • The scheme will last 12 weeks in the first instance, and may be reviewed after this time. Any assistance payment will be backdated to the 16 March 2020.
  • Application under the Coronavirus Fisheries Industry Support Scheme does not preclude application to other Covid-19 support schemes offered by the Isle of Man Government.

Further information on the scheme and how to complete the application form can be found below

Fishing Vessels Guidance

Seafood Business Guidance

The Coronavirus Fisheries Industry Support Scheme 2020 is made by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture under the Financial provisions and Currency act 2011.

How to access the Scheme

Completed application forms and supporting documentation should be either emailed in electronic format (preferred option) to fisheries@gov.im or hard copies sent to:

Address:

Fisheries Division
Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture
Thie Slieau Whallian
Foxdale Road
St John’s
IM4 3AS

Important Note: if a paper copy is submitted, the approval process may be slower. 

If you're unsure of your eligibility for this scheme we encourage you to contact the Fisheries Division on 01624 685857 by email: fisheries@gov.im