12 Jan

South Devon Fishing Industry Development Initiative

When it was first set up the SDFID had the following aims:

  • To support and promote the local fishing and tourism industries by assisting businesses to innovate
  • To develop supply chain networks
  • To retain and create jobs and apprenticeship schemes
  • To reduce costs and waste

In total 16 applicants were awarded SDFID funding. The awarded money was for 50% of the project costs, and in addition each applicant received a free day of advice to help with the application process and creating a business plan. Successful applicants were also eligible to receive the first year’s audit costs for the Responsible Fishing Scheme.

Five projects were originally set up and most are still running successfully today:

  • The Crab Shed Restaurant
  • Training, Skills and Supply Chain Development, run by South Devon College
  • A Scallop Hatchery located at the National Marine Aquarium
  • Churston Scallop Shell Crusher – Read more here: Case Study

The SDFID is now closed but click on the below articles to read about how the funding is having wide reaching and long lasting effects on the South Devon Fishing Community:

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Mark Taylor Article

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Frazer Pugh article


The Scallop Ranch
Scallop Ranch Article

More Seafood
Brixham Sea Farms article

Tony Heinemann
Tony Heinemann article

South Devon Fish Newsletters and Press Coverage

Devon Life Business and Professional published an article about the SDFID fund in June 2016! Read the full article about Mark Taylor and Frazer Pugh herePublication1

South Devon Coastal Local Action Group helped to fund the authentic restoration of a 19th Century trawler The Pilgrim in Brixham, and it is now in its 3rd successful year championing Brixham’s Maritime history and boosting the local economy. Read about Pilgrim of Brixham in our article

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