The European Commission has today adopted a key investment package for the Latvian fisheries and aquaculture sector worth almost €184m, including €139m of EU investments.
The package seeks to enhance the competiveness, sustainability and viability of the sector. The programme aims to more than treble aquaculture production, and to increase net profits for fishermen without compromising sustainability.
Welcoming the adoption, the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella stressed the sustainable growth potential of the programme: "Sustainability runs through the heart of this programme. With this investment, much needed jobs and growth can be created in the Latvian fishing industry. Latvia is the first country to have its programme adopted and I look forward to the other 26 following this example."
The programme is fully consistent with the priorities defined in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Regulation (EMFF) and the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. It will promote environmentally sustainable, resource efficient, innovative, and competitive and knowledge based fisheries and aquaculture.
Projects that limit the impact of fishing on the marine environment, ensure the balance between fishing capacity and available fishing opportunities, and promote environmentally sustainable aquaculture will be supported through the package. The programme will also foster marketing and processing as vital parts of the fisheries industry.
This EMFF investment will be instrumental for Community Led Local Development by creating employment opportunities and promoting social well-being and cultural heritage by sustainably capitalising on Latvia's environmental assets.
OP Budget breakdown:
Total value: €183 639 193
Total European contribution: €139 833 742
The main focus for the Latvian Fisheries Operational Programme is in:
Summary of the Operational Programme "For the Development of Fisheries 2014-2020" for support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund in Latvia
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