Privacy and Data Protection Policy Notice

Effective from 13 November 2017

OUR COMMITMENT TO DATA PROTECTION & PRIVACY

The privacy of the information provided to us is important and this statement is intended to inform and reassure the users of this website and/or the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd of our commitment to respecting privacy. A link to this policy appears on our homepage and all other top-level pages. Along with our business and internal computer systems, this website and the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd Company aim to comply with the relevant national and international legislation with regards to data protection and user privacy.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The West of Morecambe Fisheries (WOMF) is a ‘not-for-profit’ Company managed by Dr Andy Revill.  This Data Protection and Privacy Policy has been prepared to demonstrate how we are meeting the legislation in our routine communications and practice with contacts and clients. It is our policy to conduct our activities in line with current data protection policies. Since we have to subscribe to a high standard of business accounting this approach extends to our financial transactions also. It is our intention to make our Data Protection and Privacy Policy and process as transparent as possible. This policy covers the main activities we undertake in organising the services provided by West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd, i.e.

  • Managing donations from the Offshore Wind Farm owners
  • Organising and developing Fishing Community Projects
  • Accounting and financial dealings
  • Publicising successful Fishing Community Projects
  • Routine office activities

MANAGING DONATIONS FROM THE OFFSHORE WINDFARMS

Donations made by the Offshore Wind Farms to the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd Company (WOMF) are typically made under the governance of legally binding contracts signed by the relevant signatories. The content of such contracts are kept confidential and are not disclosed to third parties, except where required to do so by law. Such a contract will generally specify who may be eligible to apply for funding for Fishing Community Projects, when applications for funding can be made, how much funding is available and a termination date for that contract. A contract will also typically stipulate the ‘terms and conditions’ that govern the selection and evaluation processes with regard to ‘applications for funding’.

ORGANISING AND DEVELOPING FISHING COMMUNITY PROJECTS

WOMF develops and organises Fishing Community Projects in line with the underlying contract that governs the associated Donation. The donating offshore wind farm typically makes donations to fund initiatives that are of a wide benefit to the affected fishing communities. Only under special circumstance will we fund an initiative with more narrow community benefits. The contracts and their associated Donations fall into two categories:

  • Voluntary Donations made by the Offshore Wind Farms
  • Agreed Donations made by the Offshore Wind Farms

Some further explanatory details about these Donations is provided below.

VOLUNTARY DONATIONS MADE BY THE OFFSHORE WIND FARMS

Voluntary Donations are usually donated as recognition of the good cooperation that may exist between the fishing communities and the offshore wind farm.  Voluntary Donations are used to support a range of initiatives that have wide benefits to fishing communities affected by the offshore wind farm. For Voluntary Donations, there will typically be ‘calls for proposals’ during which time the fishing communities can submit applications for funding for community projects.

CALLS FOR PROPOSALS FOR FISHING COMMUNITY PROJECTS

We will advertise ‘Calls for Proposals’ for Fishing Community Projects using this website. Application forms to our ‘Calls for Proposals’ may be periodically downloaded from our website and will necessarily require the applicant to disclose some basic personal information (name, phone number, email, contact address) to allow us to identify and contact the applicant. The applicant will also need to provide a description of their project proposal, costing and level of support it has from the local fishing industry etc. For some applications, it may be necessary for the applicant to provide evidence that they fish commercially in the relevant area, i.e. typically be proof of landings from that location and fishing licence / registration. Applicants may also be required to provide further details on their project proposal in order to progress its evaluation. West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd will advise if such further information is required during the evaluation process on a case-by-case basis. All applications to our ‘Calls for Proposals’ are typically evaluated by invited specialist advisers from the local fishing communities, a representative from the donating offshore wind farm and the director of West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd. All applicants will be required to sign and agree to the above evaluation process if they wish an application to be considered for funding. We will not further share the information contained on an application form with any other bodies, other than described above, except as may be required by law, a court of competent jurisdiction or any governmental or regulatory authority. At your request we will correct any errors from our system. Applicants that are successful in receiving funding will be required to participate in promotional activities and details of their project will posted on this website.

AGREED DONATIONS MADE BY THE OFFSHORE WIND FARMS

Some funds are donated to WOMF, which are part of formal agreements between specified fishermen and the wind farm owners. These are known as Agreed Donations. These formal agreements and Agreed Donations may be established for example; when there may be a need for spatial clearances of fishing gear /fishing activities, required for pre-construction surveys /construction or for on-going co-existence agreements. An agreement will take the form of a legal document that underpins the Agreed Donation. It will necessarily contain personal information such as names and addresses of the signatories. We will not further share the information contained within the agreement with any other bodies, except as may be required by law, a court of competent jurisdiction or any governmental or regulatory authority. Most commonly, an Agreed Donation through WOMF is made after an agreement is reached between the wind farm owner and a large fishing community group, such as Fish Producer Organisations, Fishing Cooperatives or Fishermen’s Associations etc. The Agreed Donation is subsequently used to fund initiatives, which are of specific benefit to that particular fishing community who are signatories to the agreement. Agreed Donations are made as an alternative to direct financial payments by the offshore wind farm to the fishing industry. At your request we will correct any errors from our system. The recipients of Agreed Funding will be requested to participate in promotional activities and details of their project will posted on this website, should they agree.

SINGLE BUSINESS AGREED DONATION

Occasionally an Agreed Donation is made with an independent individual fishing business /operator. This is known as a Single Business Agreed Donation. In this case the donation may be used to fund an initiative, which is of benefit to their business only. The agreement will take the form of a legal document that underpins the Agreed Donation. It will necessarily contain personal information such as names and addresses of the signatories. We will not further share the information contained within the agreement with any other bodies, except as may be required by law, a court of competent jurisdiction or any governmental or regulatory authority. Single Business Agreed Donations are made as an alternative to direct financial payments by the offshore wind farm to the fishing industry. At your request we will correct any errors from our system. The recipients of Agreed Funding will be requested to participate in promotional activities and details of their project will posted on this website, should they agree.

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DEALINGS

We maintain records of our financial transactions with all of our donors, recipients of awards and of our operating costs. These financial transactions are made by BACS transfer, debit card or by cheque. In this regard these are subject to standard accounting procedures not least the need to retain transaction/account records for seven years. We do not issue, receive or process any payments made by credit card. We may request the bank details of recipients of awards, so that we can make payments of an award to them. We do not divulge this data further and these bank records are held on our banks (Lloyds Bank plc) own secure server. As an alternative to a BACS payment, we will issue a cheque made payable to the recipient of an award if this is preferred.

PUBLICISING SUCCESSFUL FISHING COMMUNITY PROJECTS 

We aim to publicise as many of the successfully funded Fishing Community Projects as possible. The Fishing Community Projects are publicised through this website and also in periodically printed booklets. The photographs and testimonials detailed on this website are supplied on a voluntary basis and with the consent of the individuals concerned. Not all successfully funded Fishing Community Projects are publicised at all times.  The West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd Company reserves the right to not publicise or to withdraw such promotional material from its website at any time. At your request we will correct any errors from our system.

ROUTINE OFFICE ACTIVITIES

Our business activities fall into two main categories: routine contacts with donors, recipients of awards and business associates, and publicising photographs and testimonials from successful Fishing Community Projects. In this regard we follow procedures that ensure a high level of security on our computing activities as well as offline storage of information in a secure location. The data involved is not used for any other purposes.

TRACKING OF VISITORS TO OUR WEBSITE

Like most websites, we use Google Analytics (GA) to track user interaction. We use this data to determine the number of people using our site, to better understand how they find and use our web pages and to see their journey through the website. Although GA records data such as your geographical location, device, Internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us. GA also records your computer’s IP address, which could be used to personally identify you, but Google do not grant us access to this. We consider Google to be a third party data processor. GA makes use of cookies, details of which can be found on Google’s developer guides. Disabling cookies on your Internet browser will stop GA from tracking any part of your visit to pages within this website.

COOKIES

Cookies are small text files that help you to navigate through a website. This site uses cookies to store information on your computer and they are essential to make our site work for you. They do not involve or use personal information in any way. You can prevent and delete cookies on your computer by using the relevant settings in your browser options. The Help menu on the toolbar of your browser will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies but this may affect the performance that you experience on our website.

DATA CONTROLLER

The data controller of this website is: West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd, a UK Private Company limited by guarantee with the company number:  08447980 and whose registered office is at Suite 1, 3rd Floor, 11-12 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4LB.

DATA PROTECTION OFFICER

Dr Andy Revill
Director, West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd
Telephone: +44(0) 7584 724078

PERSONAL DATA

We do not collect personal data directly through this website, however if you apply for funding for a Fishing Community Project you will be required to complete an application form and typically submit the completed application form by mail to our PO Box. West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd does not share or sell personal information about contacts or customers with third parties for the purposes of marketing.

RISK ASSESSMENT

From our understanding of the current regulations the data we hold with regard to our contacts would be a ‘low risk’ in relation to our contacts.

DATA BREACHES

We will report any unlawful data breach of this website’s database, the database(s) of any of our third party data processors, WOMF computers to any and all relevant persons and authorities within 72 hours of the breach if it is apparent that data stored in an identifiable manner has been stolen.

INQUIRIES

We will seek to respond to any inquiries under the regulations including:

  • Your right of access to personal information records
  • Your right to correct data
  • Your right to be forgotten, for records to be deleted
  • Your right to withdraw your consent for processing at any time

QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE

Should you have any questions concerning our work and data protection issues please contact the data protection officer Dr Andy Revill, and we will try our best to help you with these.

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy policy may change from time to time inline with legislation or industry developments. We will not explicitly inform our clients or website users of these changes. Instead, we recommend that you check this page occasionally for any policy changes. Specific policy changes and updates are mentioned in the change log below.

LOG OF CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

13 November 2017 – Privacy policy instigated

11 April 2017 – Privacy policy reviewed and updated

DISCLAIMER

West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd assumes no responsibility or liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred as a result of any use or reliance upon the information and material contained within this website. West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd has taken considerable care in preparing information contained within this website, however, West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd is unable to provide any warranty concerning the accuracy or completeness of any information contained herein.

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Sea Source (Offshore) Ltd is a subsidiary of the Anglo North Irish Fishermen’s Organisation (A.N.I.F.P.O.) and supplies charter vessels for support work to the offshore energy sector (for guard vessel and survey work etc.)

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

The Kilkeel Strategic Partnership (KSP) has members from both major Irish Sea Fish Producer Organisations (NIFPO & ANIFPO), local seafood processors, local businesses and the Kilkeel Chamber of Commerce. The Project Officer will co-ordinate the attraction of public and private funding to further develop the economic output of Kilkeel port and upgrade the harbour facilities. The ambition of the KSP is to significantly increase income and generate new jobs within the port of Kilkeel.

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

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Based in Kilkeel, N.Ireland, Sea Source Processing Ltd is wholly owned by the Anglo-North Irish Fish Producers Organisation. Sea Source Processing Ltd processes scallops, Nephrops and whitefish in its own modern quayside premises and is now a major buyer of locally caught fish, helping to ensure that competitive prices are paid to the fishing industry within Northern Ireland.

The awards have provided significant help towards the purchase of a fish skinning machine, a grading machine, a pallet wrapper, an in-line conveyor, power washers, software to computerise and control intake, weighing and despatch within the processing lines. The funds also helped to purchase a prawn dip line, stainless steel weighing scales, stainless steel freezing trolleys and an automatic stripping machine. Additionally funds were provided towards the purchase of a new chiller and small building extension.

This project was financed by donations made in 2017 and 2018 (both a voluntary donation and an Agreed Donation ) in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

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Both NIFPO (Northern Ireland Fish Producer Organisation) and ANIFPO (Anglo North Irish Fish Producers Organisation) were awarded funds to part finance young fishermen from the Irish sea ports to undertake vocational professional training to achieve the Class 2 certification (2nd hand full). The training, taught in Greencastle, Republic of Ireland, lasts for 16 weeks. The men have to forgo work to undertake the course of study and receive no wages for the duration of the course. Both NIFPO and ANIFPO were keen to encourage and support the men to gain this qualification to further enhance their careers within the industry, hence this particular award.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an Agreed Donation in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

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Sea Source Processing Ltd (as wholly owned subsidiary of ANIFPO) benefits all those who land to the organisation, which includes fishermen from the County Down ports of Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie. The packaging equipment adds value to the landed shellfish. The refrigerated van enables Sea Source produce to be delivered to customers in prime condition.

This project was financed as two voluntary donations  made in 2015 and 2016, both of which were provided jointly by the Walney, West of Duddon Sands and Ormonde offshore wind farms.

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The Whitehaven Fishermen’s Cooperative were awarded funds to commission a feasibility study for a facility to process and add-value to under-utilised fish species (notably small plaice) landed from the Irish Sea. The study was carried out by a team of specialist consultants and is of potential interest to all fishermen who operate in the Irish Sea.

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

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MADE in Mourne is a ‘Creative community space’ project based in Kilkeel, the fishing capital of Northern Ireland. It is an initiative established by local business community leaders (including ANIFPO) and is co-financed by the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd (WOMF), The Newry Rural Development Programme and Newry, Mourne and Downe District Council.

The company aims to stimulate and foster opportunities for young entrepreneurs in the local community, by providing them with support in their professional development and creating an environment that promotes peer support and strong networking.

Link to MADE in Mourne website

This project was financed by Ørsted as an Agreed Donation in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Photography by Scott Kershaw (www.scottkershaw.co.uk).

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The Fishermen’s Mission in Fleetwood exists to serve the fishing communities of Lancashire and Cumbria. The Area Officer and Pastor of the Fleetwood Fishermen’s Mission is the Reverend George Ayoma. The Mission is there to support individuals and their families who may have been involved in an accident, are taken ill, face poverty, bereaved or simply need someone to talk to. Funding has been provided to finance the installation of a new shower facility, make essential building repairs and towards the ongoing running costs of the minibus.

This project was financed by a voluntary donation from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Photography by Scott Kershaw (www.scottkershaw.co.uk).

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Funds were provided to the fishing company (B and M Fishing LLP), based in Fleetwood (Lancashire) to assist its fishing operations in the exploitation of the non-quota fish resource, the common whelk (Buccinum undatum) (2016). The company presently operates a fleet of four fishing vessels.

This project was financed as a Single Business Agreed Donation by Ørsted in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of both the Walney Extension and Burbo Bank extension offshore wind farms.

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This group of seven fishermen came together to apply for funding for insulated fish boxes and safety equipment (life rafts and EPIRBS). The Group are a collective of independent fishermen from various East Irish Sea ports.

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

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The four fishermen were also awarded funds to purchase a landing winch to lift their catches from their boats to the dock side, as well as funds for insulated fish boxes to help preserve their catches while onboard.

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

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Located within Fleetwood, funds have been provided to purchase a new shellfish holding tank facility. The tanks use circulating sea water to keep fishermen’s catches of shellfish (crabs and lobsters) alive and healthy over a sustained period. The facility will be available to those inshore fishermen from Fleetwood who are targeting such shellfish and who wish to use it. By prolonging the shelf-life of catches of live crabs and lobsters, the fishermen can potentially access markets that may be otherwise unavailable.

This project was financed by a voluntary donation from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

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The Holderness Fishing Industry Group (HFIG) were awarded funds to secure the services of Dr John Terschak, an internationally recognised expert in research aquarium design and operation.

Dr Terschak studied analytical chemistry and marine sciences at universities in New York and Alaska, USA and has worked with the Bodega Marine Laboratories (California) and The John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago). He has led a number of projects involving shellfish species all over the United States, and in recent years within the United Kingdom through a partnership with the University of Hull. He has been recruited by HFIG to oversee the construction and operation of a new lobster hatchery and research facility, which is to be sited in Bridlington.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an agreed donation which forms part of a co-existence plan between the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm and local fishermen.

The fishermen in the Holderness Coast Fishing Industry Group (HFIG) have been awarded funding from the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd to help cover the costs of some safety equipment. Further details to follow soon.

The holding photographs below will be updated once this project is completed.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an agreed donation which forms part of a co-existence plan between the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm and local fishermen.

Alternative Fishing Methods. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (Dr James Wood) is leading on a study to investigate the potential for local pot fishermen to diversify within their traditional fishing grounds and target under-utilised species in the area (i.e. Holderness coast, E. Yorkshire). The study will test the potential of alternative fishing methods, such as flat-fish traps, squid fishing and trammel nets. This work is being carried out in collaboration with local fishermen from the Holderness Fishing Industry Group.

Sourcing pot bait locally. Dr Wood will also seek to evaluate the potential for fishermen to catch pelagic fish locally, for use as bait for their traditional crustacean fishery.

The holding photographs below will be updated in 2018 as this project is completed.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an agreed donation which forms part of a co-existence plan between the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm and local fishermen.

The Holderness Fishing Industry Group (HFIG) were awarded funding so that they could continue to undertake their own research into the state and health of the local populations of crabs and lobsters off the Holderness coast, East Yorkshire.

These species are vitally important to the local fisheries based out of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea. The catches of these species generate many £ millions for the local economy as well as providing work for hundreds of fishermen and processors in the local community.

This project was voluntarily financed by Ørsted in recognition of the positive relationship between the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm and local fishermen.

The Holderness Coast Fishing Industry Group have been awarded funds to support the post of Scientific Officer. The Scientific Officer is employed within the HFIG organisation and is responsible for the delivery of research which has a primary focus on the long term sustainability of local crustacean stocks.

This project was financed by Ørsted in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the operation of the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm.

The eight fishing vessels in Hornsea are all launched from the beach. The fishermen rely on tractors to haul their vessels from the nearby fishing compound down to the water and to recover them again at the end of the day. Each vessel has it’s own tractor, but if a tractor breaks down, which is an unavoidable hazard of working in such a harsh environment, it’s vessel may be unable to put to sea, causing the crew to lose a day’s income; or may have difficulty getting off the beach, putting the vessel at risk.

This funding helps towards the purchase a tractor and winch, which is to be jointly managed by all of the fishermen of Hornsea as a back-up in the event that one of their individual vehicles breaks down. This will ensure all vessels can always be sure of getting safely in and out of the water. Looking forwards, the managment, maintenance and ongoing costs of operating the tractor are to be met by the Hornsea fishermen.

The holding photographs below will be updated once this project is completed.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an agreed donation which forms part of a co-existence plan between the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm and local fishermen.

This project was financed by Ørsted as and Agreed Donation in return for fishermen’s co-operation during a period when Ørsted were conducting pre-construction surveys in preparation for the construction of the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm.

The Holderness Fishing Industry Group have been awarded funds to design, construct and build a new lobster hatchery and research facility. This exciting new development is located within the harbour of Bridlington on the sea wall and construction began in 2017.

The holding photographs below will be updated once this project is completed.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an agreed donation which forms part of a co-existence plan between the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm and local fishermen.

The fishermen in Hornsea are in need of a sheltered, secure and modern facility / workshop within where they can maintain their fishing gear and vessels. This project has now secured funding from the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd and is being developed in conjunction with the East Riding of Yorkshire council. Construction is due to begin in 2018.

The holding photographs below will be updated once this project is completed.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an agreed donation which forms part of a co-existence plan between the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm and local fishermen.

Several initiatives have been funded that are benefitting local fishing businesses. These include the purchase of equipment for a fish retail unit, fishing vessel refit and engine replacement, an R.N.L.I. donation to the local station, purchasing equipment for rigging a fishing vessel for whelk fishing and the refurbishment of a fishing vessel hull and decking. Funds have also been provided towards the purchase of a tractor and trailer fitted with a hydraulic lifting arm. The latter is used to lift large bags of cockles caught in the region.

These projects were financed by Ørsted as a package of Single Business Agreed Donations in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind.

Awarded Community funds to finance an M.S.C. (Marine Stewardship Council) assessment of the Wash brown shrimp fishery (2016).

This project was financed as an agreed donation by Ørsted in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Race Bank offshore wind.

This vehicle is used to pick up and transport shellfish catches from fishermen throughout West Cumbria (around 8 in total) to seawater storage tanks in Seascale, prior to their resale. This award received unanimous support from the Fishing Industry Advisory Group, which is comprised of fishing industry representatives from the N.F.F.O., Fleetwood, Morecambe, Heysham, Whitehaven, Maryport and Northern Ireland.

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

This group of twenty three fisher folk were awarded funds in both 2015 and then in 2018 to buy new safety equipment for their fishing operations.

Safety equipment included protective foul weather gear and M.O.B. (man over board) devices alert search and rescue services once activated, should the wearer become immersed in seawater. The fishermen were also awarded funds to purchase insulated fish boxes to improve their catch quality by keeping fish catches (i.e. salmon) at lower temperatures whilst onboard.

These awards were financed by a voluntary donation from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm (2018) and an earlier joint donation made by the Walney, West of Duddon Sands and Ormonde offshore wind farms (2015). Photography by Scott Kershaw (www.scottkershaw.co.uk).

The old forklift was badly in need of replacement and the fishermen in Maryport were awarded the funds to secure a brand new replacement vehicle in 2016.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an Agreed Donation in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Photography by Scott Kershaw (www.scottkershaw.co.uk).

Maryport, known as Alauna in Roman times, has been in existence for a very long time. Fishing is a proud tradition in Maryport and the town’s fishermen are to benefit from solar panels which are to be installed on their building in the docks. The solar panels are expected to reduce the costs of electricity, which can be considerable as the Maryport Fishing Company operates a chiller room and commercial ice machine for their members.

This project was financed by a voluntary donation from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Photography by Scott Kershaw (www.scottkershaw.co.uk).

The new ice machine and chiller unit installed in Maryport, Spring 2014. John McAvoy B.E.M. is a Director of the Maryport Fishing Company (featured below). Group photo shows John with Bronagh Byrne (Ørsted) and Kirsty Godwin (Vattenfall) representing the donor offshore wind farms and Dr Andy Revill from the West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd. (photos by Scott Kershaw www.scottkershaw.co.uk).

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

The Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners have been awarded funding towards a scheme to improve the facilities for the fishing industry in Whitehaven harbour. These developments will benefit both resident and visiting fishermen and includes new ramped access to the harbour wall, CCTV security, power and water to the visitors berths, laundry facilities for visiting crews, improvements to the existing ice plant, new cold storage facilities and safer vehicle access to the working quay.

This project was financed by a voluntary donation from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Photography by Scott Kershaw (www.scottkershaw.co.uk).

Funding has been provided to the Whitehaven Fishermen’s Cooperative for the purchase fish boxes, ice bins, a pallet truck and a heavy duty pressure washer. This essential shoreside equipment will be available to all fishermen in the cooperative and will help to ensure that catches are stored ashore in the most hygienic conditions possible.

This project was financed by a voluntary donation from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Photography by Scott Kershaw (www.scottkershaw.co.uk).

The refrigerated van is to transport fish landed in Whitehaven, to auctions in distant ports with a large buyer base, such as in Lowestoft and Brixham. In these ports the fish can attract optimal prices.

The new forklift is to transport fish and shellfish landed into Whitehaven safely around the harbour to storage and transport facilitiies in the port.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an Agreed Donation in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

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

This project was financed by Ørsted as an Agreed Donation in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

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

The Fishermen’s Training Facility (SFITA NI) and Mission in Portavogie, County Down was in need of a range of building upgrades and has been twice awarded funds to finance these improvements, i.e. in 2017 and again in 2018

The funds enabled the Institute to be installed with cavity wall and loft insulation, refreshed exterior paintwork, new office and training equipment  for the boardroom and training room. A new heating system was also installed through the building, which serves as a resource and training facility for the entire fishing fleet of Northern Ireland.

This project was financed by both a voluntary donation  and an Agreed Donation from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Photography by Scott Kershaw.

The company aims to provide NIFPO members the opportunity for work as guard vessels for the oil, gas and offshore renewable industries. Funding was awarded to help fund their website, which can be seen at: www.fpoffshoreservices.co.uk. The funding awarded also enabled the company to renew their safety certifications to ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an Agreed Donation in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

Located within the NIFPO Portavogie office, this donation has part-funded a much needed meeting room fitted with modern IT facilities. The new meeting room is equipped with new cupboard storage, unisex bathroom and toilet facilities, a projector, white screen, tables and chairs, and modern telecommunications. The meeting room itself has been converted from old storage areas and has been re-floored, re-tiled and re-painted during the conversion process.

This project was financed by Ørsted as an Agreed Donation in return for co-operation of the fishermen during the construction of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

The Barrow and Furness Fishermen’s Association were awarded funds to purchase and install a new dockside davit crane. The davit will be used to lift and lower heavy items safely from the vessels to the quayside.

The holding photographs below will be updated as this project is completed.

This project was financed by a voluntary donation provided by the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

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.

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