Saltee's Fish in Kilmore Quay has received grant aid of €67,516.20 to help finance it's expansion.
The money was part of multi million euro investment by the Government to drive the expansion of the Irish seafood processing industry. In total 18 companies nationwide received aid with the O'Flaherty Brothers, trading as Saltee's Fish, being the only Wexford company to receive grant aid.
The money forms part of the 2015 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme. Taken in conjunction with private sector investment, the total investment will be almost €9 million in 2015. The supported projects are projected to deliver 145 Jobs and €41 million in additional sales by 2017. T
Saltee's Fish will spend a total of €255,054 in their own money on its expansion plans.
Minister Coveney, in stressing the value of this grant-aid package to the Seafood Processing industry said, 'this investment of almost €9 million in 2015 will enable our innovative seafood processers to continue their strong growth trend over recent years that will see the sector continuing to grow sales internationally and grow employment in our coastal communities. It will put the required technology, infrastructure and standards in place to allow these businesses develop added value seafood products that are in great demand on the global market.
'The Irish seafood processing industry generally, in line with Government policy under the Food Harvest 2020 plan, has strong plans to significantly grow its business further in the years ahead. I believe we can look forward with confidence to seeing the seafood processing sector continuing to be an integral part of Government's policy to grow our indigenous seafood industry.'
The value of seafood exports has been increasing rapidly in recent years. Seafood exports increased in value by 70% between 2009 and 2014, rising from €315m to €540m. Taking exports and the home market into account the Irish seafood sector is now worth €800m annually. There is significant scope for further value expansion in our seafood sector in the years ahead. Further development of the seafood processing sector is critical to that expansion in both the export and the home markets.
The 18 companies receiving grant aid are from 9 coastal counties across the country, namely Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Louth, Mayo and Wexford. The Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme is implemented as part of our Seafood Development Programme. Grant aid is at a maximum rate of 20 per cent for primary processing and 30% for secondary processing projects and is co-funded on a 50/50 basis by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Fisheries Fund.