Fishing Support for Fishing


Government announces financial support for England’s fishing businesses

Today the Government announced a £10 million fund to support England's fishing and aquaculture sectors. £9 million will be available for grants to eligible businesses, with a further £1 million to support projects to assist fishermen to sell their catch in their local communities. The measures will support English industry, in particular smaller fisherman, during this challenging time and follow an unprecedented package of financial support already announced for small businesses.

Features of the scheme

The main features of the scheme are: 

  • For the catching sector, the fund will be open to under-24m vessel owners with fishing licences registered in England who recorded sales of £10,000 or more in 2019.
  • Grants will be made to help cover fixed business costs. For the catching sector this will be calculated from the average business costs for the size of the vessel, as surveyed by the industry annually.
  • Details of the eligibility criteria, including the criteria for the aquaculture sector and support for local projects, will be announced in due course by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
  • The MMO will administer the fund, contacting eligible registered owners and licence holders directly in stages with details of how to apply, starting on Monday April 20through to early May.
  • Payments will be made for up to three months.


The government has been working closely with the fishing industry to support the industry through this challenging period. Together with national fisheries authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the Government is also exploring methods to reduce the regulatory burden on the fishing fleet. These measures will be agreed jointly by the fisheries administrations and announced in due course.  

The fund will be administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) who will pay grants targeted at those most in need. The MMO will continue to make payments on existing grants and process outstanding applications to the Maritime and Fisheries Fund (MFF) within the agreed timescale.

GOV.UK - Financial support for England's fishing businesses

GOV.UK - Update on Fisheries Response Fund, Monday 20 April 2020