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  • 11 April 2018 - Update to Privacy Policy

    Our Privacy Policy has been updated to comply with the latest regulations. This policy can viewed by this link or by the link at the foot of each page on this website.

  • 09 April 2018 - Nine new Fishing Community Projects to receive funding in the Irish Sea

    The West of Morecambe Fisheries Company (WOMF) is happy to announce that nine new Fishing Community Projects are to receive funding from WOMF in April 2018. The Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, in recognition of the good cooperation they have received from the Irish Sea fishing Communities, has voluntarily donated the funds to WOMF. Funding totalling around £187,000 is to be provided by WOMF to fund Fishing Community Projects in the ports of Fleetwood, Morecambe and Heysham, Barrow in Furness, Whitehaven, Maryport, Kilkeel and Portavogie. These nine Fishing Community Projects have also attracted £337,000 of additional funding from other sources.

    Details of the projects can be seen on this website (see Community Projects 2018)  and include;

    • Building repairs and a new shower facility for the Fleetwood Fishermen’s Mission
    • Life-saving safety equipment for the Morecambe and Heysham Fishermen’s Association
    • A community shellfish storage tank for the inshore fishermen of Fleetwood
    • Solar panels to reduce electrical running costs of the Maryport Fishing Company’s fish landing facility
    • A dockside crane and winch for fishermen of the Barrow in Furness
    • Building upgrades and renovation for the Seafish Industry Training Association in Portavogie
    • New fish processing equipment for the Sea Source plant in Kilkeel
    • Equipment to improve the fish landing and handling facilities in Whitehaven
    • Funds towards a major refurbishment of the Whitehaven fish quay facilities

    A further call for Fishing Community Projects is planned for later in 2018 (Sept-Nov).

  • 06 March 2018 - "Call for Proposals" has now closed

    The recent “Call for Proposals” for the Walney Extension OWF Fishing Community Fund is now closed. We will aim to have the full evaluation of the applications received completed during March 2018.

  • 14 November 2017 - New £300,000 fund to open 01 January 2018

    A new Fund totalling £300,000 is to be available to finance fishing community projects for Irish Sea fishing communities operating in and around the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. The fund opens for applications from 1st January 2018. Further details can be obtained from the download icon.

  • 08 October 2017 - DONG Energy is changing it’s name to Ørsted

    As of 6 November 2017, DONG Energy becomes Ørsted, named after the Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted. In 1820, he discovered electromagnetism, a fundamental of physics that is central to how electricity is generated by offshore wind turbines.

  • 12 April 2017 - The Whtehaven Fishermens Cooperative were awarded funds

    The Whtehaven Fishermens Cooperative were awarded funds to purchase a large refrigerated vehicle for fish transport. The Whitehaven fishermen were also awarded funds to replace an old forklift truck with a new one. Ron Graham, chairman of the Cooperative, issued a statement of thanks.

  • 25 March 2017 - N.I.F.P.O isssued a statement of thanks

    Dick James (CEO) of N.I.F.P.O. (Northern Irish Fish Producers Organisation isssued a statement of thanks to WOMF Ltd and DONG Energy for the financial support received to help purchase two new forklift trucks for the the ports of Ardglass and Kilkeel.

  • 09 March 2017 - Ørsted donates £300,000

    Ørsted  (Walney Extension OWF) has just announced their intention to donate £300,000 for Fishing Community Projects for East Irish Sea fishermen. The fund will be managed by the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd.

  • 02 September 2016 - The Westermost Rough Fisheries Community Fund has closed

    The Westermost Rough Fisheries Community Fund has closed to applications. We are currently evaluating the proposals for funding and will announce the results of this evaluation process shortly.

  • 21 March 2016 - Fishing Community award

    Details of a Fishing Community award which could ultimately benefit a wide range of Irish Sea fishermen has been published on the West of Morecambe Fisheries website.

  • 06 July 2015 - Four projects funded in Kilkeel

    New photographs posted which were taken in Kilkeel in June 2015. These pictures depict the four projects funded in the port by West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd in 2015. Fishing Community Project.

  • 05 July 2015 - Trips aboard the RV Huntress off the Yorkshire coast

    New photographs posted from two trips aboard the RV Huntress off the Yorkshire coast. The RV Huntress is owned and operated by the Holderness coast fishermen who are conducting joint research with DONG Energy to better understand the effects of the Westermost Rough OWF upon local crab and lobster stocks.

  • 01 October 2014 - The WOMF (East Irish Sea) fund is now closed

    The WOMF (East Irish Sea) fund is now closed to applications. We are evaluating the proposals we have received during this funding round.

  • 07 May 2014 - Three Fishing Community projects

    Some further details on three Fishing Community projects have been added to the website.

  • 23 March 2014 - Dr Andy Revill has been invited to speak at a meeting

    Dr Andy Revill (Director of West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd) has been invited to speak at a meeting of the Crown Estates FLOWW group in 08 April 2014 about the company and its successes.

  • 18 March 2014 - Ready to order a new ice plant

    Barrow and Furness Fishermens Association report they are ready to order a new ice plant for their members. The purchase of the ice plant was supported with a donation from West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd.

  • 01 March 2014 - New ice plant and chiller unit delivered

    Maryport Fishing Company Ltd reported that the new ice plant and chiller unit (supported by a donation from West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd) will be delivered to Maryport from Germany in April 2014.

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