Sunday 17 December 2017

Skerries fishmongers net major grant funding

John Manning

A fishmongers in Skerries is among 13 businesses on the coasts of Fingal, Meath and Louth to benefit from a new round of grants for coastal community projects.

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, recently joined BIM, Ireland's Seafood Development Agency and the North East Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin to announce grant aid of €219,310 to 13 distinctive maritime projects across coastal communities in counties Louth, Meath and Dublin that will deliver a total investment of €434,337.

FLAG North East is one of seven regional FLAG groups that operate under the FLAG programme, co-funded by the Exchequer and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and contributes to the Action Plan for Rural Development. Administered by BIM, the scheme will provide 12 million in funding to Ireland's coastal communities over the duration of the programme from 2014 - 2020.

Fourth generation fishmongers in Dublin, Egan's Ocean Fresh is steeped in the fishing and seafood industry. This project, led by Egan's, involves the fit out of a new wet fish and cooked seafood processing facility located in Fingal, designed to service the increase in demand from existing customers and expansion into new markets. This facility will also include a factory retail outlet.

Currently trading as a fishmonger and wet fish processor based in Skerries Co. Dublin, Egan's supplies local retail customers with value added fresh fish sourced locally and processed on their premises. They also supply to restaurants and hotels in the North East Region.

The new facility will be home to 'Simon's Fishcakes' a company to whom Egans currently supplies whitefish. Simon's produce, high end Fishcakes for Supervalu Supermarkets in Leinster and are now about to go nationwide.

This FLAG funded project will allow both of these businesses to expand and service the increase in demand for their current seafood products, but it will also allow their exciting, newly developed products to be brought to market. New products include Egan's Gravalax a uniquely cured salmon product crusted in dill.

Chairman of FLAG North East, Garret O'Brien, said: 'The projects to be funded by FLAG North East highlight the rich coastal heritage, seafood and marine tourism potential of Louth, Meath and Dublin. Because of the FLAG Programme and the projects we support, we are seeing increased community collaborations and huge energy in the North East. We can see this across all 13 approved projects and the many more vying for future funds. What this clearly demonstrates to me is the passion amongst those in our coastal communities for our region, for its seaside, shoreline and seafood. There is a real desire to work together to maintain and promote these assets and to capture the opportunities our beautiful Coast presents.'

Fingal Independent

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