DORSET’S fishing industry is getting a boost as funding is secured to help try and make it fit for the future.

Money is being distributed by the Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), which has been set up to boost growth in coastal communities and the fisheries sector.

Four projects have been approved to share in £28,000.

Just under £7,000 will go towards refitting a commercial fishing boat at Kimmeridge. The vessel will be brought up to modern standards and fitted with a new deck, hand rails and equipment to help the fisherman haul their catch. This will help an out of work fisherman to return to work and help grow a business.

Meanwhile, a new Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) will be purchased for another of Dorset’s small scale commercial fishing boats at Swanage to keep the crew and vessel safe while at sea.

Another approved project, coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum, will see short films made about careers in the fishing industry. The films will help to raise the profile of the industry and related sectors, highlighting training and career opportunities.

The films will be shown across the Dorset and east Devon region towards the end of 2018 and will be available to all including schools, colleges and universities.

While £8,900 will go towards an 'in-depth and holistic study' that will look at the fishing sector needs in Weymouth.

The Dorset and East Devon FLAG welcomes applications for projects that benefit the fishing and coastal communities, boost locally-caught seafood or increase aquaculture activity

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