Sustainable Fisheries Scheme

This scheme is specifically designed to assist all those directly involved or soon to be involved in implementing the landing obligation.

In relation to Part B a grant aid cap of €150,000 per vessel over the Programme period  will be applied to project applications approved after 25th June 2018.  Where a vessel has already exceeded this amount they will be capped at their existing approvals.

Who’s eligible

  • fishermen
  • organisations of fishermen
  • fishermen’s co-operatives
  • processors

What’s funded

  • Particular attention is paid to the promotion of operations which integrate producing, processing and marketing activities of the supply chain, or which consist of innovative processes or methods
  • This scheme will also support the processing of unwanted catches
  • Finally, the scheme will assist those in the wider seafood sector, including those not directly affected by the landing obligation, to achieve the goals of the Common Fisheries Policy, by:
    • Facilitating the transition to a sustainable exploitation of living marine biological resources
    • Reducing the impact of fishing on the marine environment
    • Improving the added value and quality of unwanted catches landed from commercial stocks in accordance with technical measures and/or using methods with low impact on the environment
    • Improving the hygiene, health and working conditions of fishermen operating such vessels
    • Increasing the quality, control and traceability of the products landed
    • Contributing to environmental protection and improving safety and working conditions

Projects supported under this scheme will in every case:

  • Contribute to the gradual elimination of discards and by–catches
  • Facilitate the transition to exploitation of living marine biological resources
  • Develop or introduce new technical knowledge that reduces the impact of fishing activities on the environment, including improved fishing techniques and gear selectivity
  • Aim to achieve a more sustainable use of marine biological resources and coexistence with protected predators.

Specifically the scheme will support the following Projects:

  • Environmentally Friendly Fishing Gear & Methods
  • On Board Investments
  • Promoting Quality and Added Value Onshore

See your application form for full details on funding criteria.

How to apply

  1. Save the relevant application form to a location on your computer:
  2. Launch the form from your computer location and complete the form saving the changes
  3. 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
  4. Post the completed application to: BIM Fisheries Development Division, Crofton Rd., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin or email

How long does the process take?

From application to approval under this scheme usually takes up to six weeks but may take longer should supporting documentation additional to the application be required.

Key Dates

Status: Open

Due date: Assessed monthly

Application Form

Contact Us

To learn more about this grant, contact:

Part A: Public Interest Projects & Part C: Quality and Added Value Projects

Marie Christie
Direct: +353 1 2144176

Part B: Fleet Improvement Projects

Philip MacGabhann
Direct: +353 1 2144245

Maurice Power
Direct: +353 1 2144244


Economic Data Collection

Learn about the National Seafood Survey - Fisheries to be completed for your vessel