Barrow & Furness Fishermen’s Association (2014)

Awarded funding towards a new ice plant.

” The Barrow and Furness Fishermen’s Association was very kindly supported with a grant from the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd.  The grant covered 50% of the cost of a new ice plant at our base near the Dock Museum in Barrow in Furness, which is utilised by the local fleet.  Support from the MMO and the EFF secured the balance of funding (50%). The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), through a Trust Fund Grant made a further contribution to the project.

A number of boats operate from Barrow, mooring up at the back of the Dock Museum.  The fishermen’s catch is shipped off to be sold in Fleetwood when it arrives on land and has to be transported to Fleetwood Fish Market.  The fishermen had to buy ice to keep it fresh during the fishing and transportation process.  This was an uneconomical procedure, which was reliant on an outside third party.  With the installation of the new ice plant (which also acts as a refrigeration unit), approximately 750kg of ice can be produced per day thereby reducing the risk of loss of catch.   This also has an addition benefit that the association and its members are compliant with Food Hygiene regulations.

This process has had a huge impact on the local fishing industry, ensuring that catches are kept cool and fresh whilst being transported to Fleetwood.   Currently the Association has ten members, but with the improved facility there are opportunities to recruit more members who in the long term will have a positive outcome for the association and for the local economy.

Without the support of the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd, the Association and its members would not be able to move forward and the impact of increased costs, loss of income and less members, would have had a negative impact on the association.”

This project was financed by voluntary donations jointly made by the Walney, West of Duddon Sands and Ormonde offshore wind farms.

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