North Cornwall MP and Lib Dem Environment Minister with responsibility for flooding, Dan Rogerson has been pushing for the extra help after meeting fishermen in Padstow last month.
Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also vowed to look at what help could be given after meeting affected fishermen in Porthleven recently.
Today’s announcement will see fishermen receive up to 60% of the cost of replacing lost or damaged equipment, in a similar way to the existing schemes that have been set up to support households, farmers and businesses who have been affected by the floods.
The scheme could be worth up to £5,000 to fishermen. The government will also continue to pay lighthouse dues for another year, saving the industry up to £140,000.
Dan Rogerson said:
“Fishermen in Padstow and in other parts of Cornwall have been badly affected by the recent storms – not only have they been able to go to sea, a lot of their equipment has been damaged beyond repair which has had a huge impact on their livelihoods.
“Today’s announcement by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will make financial support available to fishermen through the European Fisheries Fund to reimburse up to 60% of replacing the cost of lost or damaged gear, such as lobster and crab pots.
“This is exactly the kind of help that people in Padstow need to get back on their feet. As local MP I will be working with affected fishermen to make sure that they benefit from the all the help and financial support that is available to them. The Government will also be working with agencies and local councils to make sure that fishermen can access the schemes and get the money they need as quickly as possible.”