Inshore Fisheries Conservation Scheme - V-Notching Support

Apply for grant funding to further improve the sustainability of Ireland's lobster stocks.

Who’s eligible?

Owners/Operator of Irish registered fishing vessels less than 15 metres in length.

  • The lobster v-notching component of the scheme provides for grant aid to approved groups (and in exceptional cases individuals) to implement local lobster v-notching programmes.

What’s funded?

  • V-Notching Lobster

Amounts granted

Two levels of grant aid will be offered to individual or group applications for:

 Solely vessels 12m or less and using non-towed gear

  • Individual applications – 70%
  • Group applications – 75%

In certain circumstances, agreed in advance with the managing authority, these rates may be increased to a maximum of 80%.

Vessels greater than 12m and less than 15m

  • Individual applications – 40%
  • Group applications – 60%

How to apply

  1. Download the V-Notching Scheme Application Form (pdf 1,261Kb) 
  2. Launch the form from your computer location and complete the form saving the changes
    Once you have the form, you’ll need to:
    • Carefully review the terms and conditions
    • Ensure you have sent us your vessels annual economic data
    • Check you have included all the documentation required
  3. Send your completed application to:BIM Fisheries Development Division, Crofton Rd., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

How long does the process take?

Applicants are notified within 2 weeks.

Key dates

Status: Open for application thoughout 2017

Open for claims until 15th September 2017

Claims for payment received after this date will be made by 28th February 2018

Applicants must apply as normal for inclusion in the 2018 Scheme

Application Form

Download the V-Notching Scheme Application Form (pdf 1,261Kb) 

Contact us

To learn more about this grant, contact:

Caroline Curraoin
Direct: +353 1 2144148
Email: curraoin@bim.ie

Economic Data Collection

Learn about the
 to be completed for your vessel