Supporting the co-existence of commercial fishing and offshore wind power.
We manage funding provided by the owners of several offshore wind farms. Using the donations, we finance, set up and support appropriate Community Projects that we believe would be of direct benefit to the fishing industry operating in the same areas as the wind farms. We always work with the support of the fishing industry on the funded projects.
Testimonials from the Fishing Communities.
“The West of Morecambe Fisheries Fund has provided much needed support to local fisherman. It is good to see industries that share our seas with fishermen supporting their work, and the communities they come from.”
Cat Smith MPMP for Lancaster and Fleetwood
“ This year, the West of Morecambe Fisheries company has been able to fund our survey of stocks of crabs and lobsters in the Westermost Rough wind farm. This funding massively helps to fill a potential gap in our data series that has been collected since before the wind farm was built. Fishermen in HFIG are always very interested to know about what we are catching during these surveys. It keeps the Huntress and crew busy during the summer months, as the survey runs continuously from June through to September.”
Jamie RobertsonSkipper R/V Huntress HFIG (2017)
“We are a fishing community committed to sustainable fishing, so that our fish stocks remain viable, both now and for future generations. We welcome the financial support provided by the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd to our organisation. This support enables us to further progress our ambition of gaining the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) accreditation for our brown shrimp fisheries in the Greater Wash area.”
Andy RoperGreater Wash Fishing Industry Group (2017)
“The donation provided through the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd is of enormous benefit to us as it provides an opportunity for us to purchase a larger refrigerated vehicle which allows us to send our catch further afield with the prospect of improved prices. The acquirement of a Fork Lift Truck is a most welcome addition and replaces our 12 year old truck for which we extremely grateful”
Ron GrahamChairman, Whitehaven Fishermen’s Cooperative (2017)
“These two new forklifts will be of real benefit to the fishermen of both Ardglass and Kilkeel. The Northern Irish Fish Producers Organisation is grateful to the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd for the financial support towards their purchase”
Dick James CEO, Northern Irish Fish Producers Organisation (2017)
“This support from Ørsted, through the West of Morecambe Fisheries Company, has made it possible for me to join the HFIG team and to finally make their plans for a lobster hatchery and research facility a reality. Thanks to this funding, we have been able to take the final steps needed to begin an ambitious programme of research and stock enhancement projects that will make a positive difference to the future sustainability of the Holderness fishery”.
Dr John TerschakHolderness Fishing Industry Group, East Yorkshire (2016)
“B & M Fishing LLP would like to take this opportunity to thank the wind farms for their contribution to us … and we appreciate the good communication”
Anne BynhamDirector, B & M Fishing LLP, Fleetwood (2016)
“On behalf of Kilkeel Strategic Partnership, I want to express our thanks for the funding from The West of Morecambe Fisheries Fund. This funding has been invaluable in supporting us, in taking the “Kilkeel Harbour Project” forward.
We have now a robust, viable business plan, in place, which has been independently appraised by the Strategic Investment Board for NI and received positive support. The preliminary de-risking phase has also been completed. This is a £35m project which is based around the vision of a much larger and more dynamic harbour, able to grasp the opportunities that exist in the fisheries and related industries. We hope to now move forward to the next phase, which includes the Environmental Impact Assessments, over the next few months.
The importance of the support received from the West of Morecambe Fisheries Fund cannot be over emphasised in helping this voluntary group in its aim of promoting a sustainable and viable fishing industry and community in Kilkeel.”