Thursday, 29 April 2021
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
164. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he and his Department are pursuing a multi-fund approach of both EU funding (details supplied) and the EU Recovery and Resilience fund as well as national funding such as the Rural Regeneration Fund, Shared Island Fund and town and village renewal scheme among others in order to help in alleviating the dreadful consequences for the fishing sector and communities dependent on it from the Brexit fallout. [22461/21]
In February 2021, I announced the establishment of a Seafood Sector Taskforce to examine the implications of the EU/UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement for our fishing sector and the coastal communities particularly dependent on it and to make recommendations to me on initiatives that could be taken to provide supports for development and restructuring so as to ensure a profitable and sustainable fishing fleet and to identify opportunities for jobs and economic activity in coastal communities dependent on fishing. The Taskforce has been working since 10 March and is due to report in July 2021.
Notably, the terms of reference ask that the Task Force consider how all available funding streams could be used to address, to the extent possible, the initiatives identified and the State agencies to support those initiatives. The extent to which the funding streams identified by the deputy may be relevant will be dependent on the support measures recommended in due course by the Taskforce and their eligibility for funding from those sources.