Cumbrian fishing communities receive £2.2m funding boost

Fishing boat
Image caption There are about 78 registered fishing vessels within Silloth, Maryport, Workington and Whitehaven

Fishing communities in Cumbria have received £2.2m of funding to help them boost business from local produce.

The North and West Cumbria Fisheries Local Action Group (Flag) wants to use the money to help the area build a more sustainable future.

The group, which runs along the coast from Silloth to Ravenglass, wants to establish a brand for Cumbrian seafood and sell its produce at food markets.

It also hopes to create four new businesses and 20 jobs.

Cumbria County Council's Tony Markley said: "This is great news for those Cumbrian coastal communities within the Flag area and we would encourage as many people and businesses as possible to take part in this initiative."

As well as developing new businesses, they want to support young people in completing fisheries industry apprenticeships and develop an educational programme to change perceptions of fishing.

The European Fisheries Fund and The Marine Management Organisation awarded £1.35m of the funding, with the rest of the money provided by members of Flag.

Last year more than 4,100 tonnes of fish were landed at ports within the area and about 78 fishing vessels are registered within Silloth, Maryport, Workington and Whitehaven.

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