Brexit Temporary Tie Up Scheme

Apply for grant funding targeted at whitefish vessels impacted by quota transfers to the UK under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)

The purpose of the scheme is to temporarily mitigate the negative impacts on the white fish sector from:

  1. The reduction in quotas for 2021 arising from the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The Scheme aims to mitigate losses associated with certain stocks included in Annex FISH.1 and FISH.2 of the TCA.
  2. Difficulties in accessing UK waters or third country waters due to Brexit.

The scheme will support white fish vessels in the Polyvalent and Beam Trawl segments to temporarily cease all fishing activity in a particular calendar month, thus increasing the quota available for remaining vessels.

Who is Eligible Who is Eligible




What is Funded What is Funded

The scheme will offer a payment to eligible sea-fishing licence holders participating in the Scheme.  Participating vessels will cease all fishing activity and remain in port for a calendar month period. The grant aided vessels in question must not engage in fishing activity of any sort for the duration of the grant aided period.

Amounts Granted Amounts Granted

The following payments apply to applicants approved under the Scheme.

The ‘Size of Vessel’ means the ‘Overall length’ of the vessel as recorded on the Irish Fleet Register.

Size of vessel Payment over 1 month tie-up period
Under 10m €4,600
10<12m €7,100
12 < 15m €14,200
15 < 18m €24,500
18 < 21m €45,400
22m< 24m €59,000
24m <40m €88,700


Vessel owners may apply to BIM to tie-up their vessels for one out of three months from 1st October to 31st December.

Applications must be received no later than the 15th of the month prior to tie-up

Submission date no later than Tie – up month
15th September October
15th October November
15th November December

Beneficiaries must ensure that a minimum of one third of the payment is distributed amongst the crew members of the vessel.

How to Apply How to Apply


Electronic Application

Apply online on Grant Electronics Management System

For technical queries in relation to BIM’s Grants Electronic Management System (GEMS) please email the grants helpdesk at



If you have a question in relation to the electronic application process or require technical support please contact BIM on 01 2144 100.

For general information on BIM grant schemes contact your Regional Officer.


Required Documentation

You will be required to upload scanned copies of the following documents, in PDF or image format:

• Sea-Fishing Boat Licence

• Safety Card, Enhanced Safety Card or Certificate of Competency for each crew member

• Sample bank statement, showing the account name and bank account details for the grantee

• Crew Compensation Declaration, witnessed by a commissioner for oaths or a practising solicitor. Download Declaration template here.

For more information contact your regional officer

Regional Development Officer - North (Donegal)

Frances O'Dwyer

Regional Development Officer - South

Brenda O’Riordan

Inshore Fisheries Officer Galway/Connemara & Clare

Máirtín Ó Tuairisg

Regional Development Fisheries Officer - South East

John Hickey

Resource Development Officer - East

Paul Downes

Funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine