Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme

Apply for support for projects that promote the sustainable growth of output, value and employment in the aquaculture sector.

The Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme is established under Union Priority 2 (Sustainable Development of Aquaculture) of Ireland’s Operational Programme under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2014 – 2020, co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Commission.

Who is Eligible Who is Eligible

This Scheme is open to new or existing aquaculture enterprises.

What is Funded What is Funded

3 types of project are eligible for funding:

Project Type 1: Organic Aquaculture (Open)

These projects will support efforts to encourage conventional producers to move to organic production and participate in EU eco-management and audit schemes by providing assistance towards third party fees for organic certification and additional costs of participating in these schemes.

Projects Type 2: Biotoxin Harvesting Suspension (Closed)

This Scheme may provide limited aid to producers affected by closures lasting more than 4 months, to assist those producers in recovery, thus preserving productive capacity and employment. Aid will be prioritised for operators affected by the longest suspensions and will be limited to a maximum total aid to all farmers of €500,000 per year. Subject to budget, BIM will administer the Scheme through targeted calls for applications in areas affected by closures lasting more than 4 months.

Note: BIM will determine if a call for applications is to be initiated.

Projects Type 3: Capacity Building (Closed)

Capacity building projects will support capital investment by aquaculture enterprises in the range of measures provided for in article 48 of the EMFF Regulation. These investments will enable enterprises to grow sustainable production, value and employment, will encourage the entry into the sector of new aquaculture enterprises and will support the evolution of SME enterprises through scaling-up. The Scheme will prioritise SME enterprises.

New entrants to the sector will be required to provide a business plan and, where the amount of investments is more than €50,000, a feasibility study including an environmental assessment of the operations. Support will be provided to new entrants only where it has been clearly demonstrated in an independent marketing report that good and sustainable market prospects exist for the new entrant’s product.

Category of Beneficiary Maximum Support Rate Maximum Support amount pa
New Aquaculture Farmers 50% €1,000,000
SME Aquaculture Enterprises 40% €1,000,000
Non-SME Aquaculture Enterprises 30% €1,000,000

Please note, as of 26/02/2020 contingency is not eligible.

Amounts Granted Amounts Granted

Grant aid is available at the following rates:

Project Type 1: Organic Aquaculture

A maximum of €10,000 or 50% (30% for non-SMEs) of eligible expenditure, whichever is the lesser, per project per year.

Projects Type 2: Biotoxin Harvesting Suspension

A maximum of €100,000 or 50% (30% for non-SMEs) of eligible losses, whichever is the lesser, per beneficiary, subject to the maximum total aid to all farmers of €500,000 per year. Individual benefi ciaries will be limited to one aid payment over the period of the Programme.

Projects Type 3: Capacity Building

Category of Beneficiary Maximum Support Rate Maximum Support amount pa
New Aquaculture Farmers 50% €1,000,000
SME Aquaculture Enterprises 40% €1,000,000
Non-SME Aquaculture Enterprises 30% €1,000,000

 

For full grant criteria please refer to the application form


How to Apply How to Apply

1

Download the Application Form

The Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme Application Form(pdf 1,579Kb)

2

Submit Completed Application Form and Relevant Documents

Email to Cormac.Murray@bim.ie

In addition, a signed, printed copy with supporting documentation should be posted to:

Seafood Technical Services,
Crofton Road,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin.

Or for Type 3 projects located in the Gaeltacht regions Údarás na Gaeltachta will prioritise applications for grant aid:
Údarás na Gaeltachta, Na Forbacha, Co. na Gaillimhe.
Tel. 091-503100


Contact Us

Project Development Officer

Cormac Murray