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Minister Creed announces €1.6 million EMFF grants by Fisheries Local Action Groups

141 coastal community projects to benefit

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D, today announced details of EMFF grants of €1.6 million, awarded by Ireland’s 7 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) to 141 coastal based projects, supporting total investment of €2.7 million.  The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

Announcing the grant awards, Minister Creed said: “I am delighted to report fantastic demand of over 200 applications from coastal communities in this first round of offers in 2018 for a very wide range of investments in their communities and to announce the award by the FLAGs of €1.6 million in grants to 141 coastal projects.  These projects will provide valuable economic and social benefits to our coastal communities.” 

Successful projects included capital investments in micro seafood enterprises, marine tourism and marine leisure projects, heritage projects, small harbour facilities and environmental projects.

The deadline for the second call for FLAG applicants is Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 5pm. Details on the FLAG scheme and on how to apply can be found at


Added 14.05.2018


Notes for the Editor

Ireland’s EMFF Operational Programme 2014-2020 was adopted by the European Commission in December 2015 and launched in January 2016 by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine.  The Programme provides €240m in funding to the seafood sector (fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing) over the period 2014 to 2020. The Programme is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union.

The Fisheries Local Area Development Scheme is a coastal community development strategy with a fund of €12 million for 7 designated Irish coastal communities. Focusing on coastal community rejuvenation, the FLAG strategy is centred on the renewal of practices and skills in the Fishing, Aquaculture and Maritime related sectors with the primary aim of bringing added value to the 7 FLAG Regions.

The 7 FLAGs are South FLAG, (Cork), Southwest (Kerry, Limerick), South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow) West (Mayo, Clare), Northwest (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim), North (Donegal) and North East (Dublin, Louth, Meath).

Bord Iascaigh Mhara assists FLAGs to deliver this programme through administering supports via grant-aid, training and on the ground facilitation, with dedicated regional FLAG coordinators in each region. The FLAG boards consider all applications for support and select projects for funding.

The grant awards were as follows.


Number of projects

Total Investment

Grant awards





North East




North West








South East




South West









List of Flag Grant Projects (pdf 114Kb) 



Date Released: 14 May 2018