The NFFO Training Trust, the charity arm of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, has announced that it will be offering grants worth a total of £100,000 to support training and safety in the fishing industry.
‘I am delighted to be able to announce this further round of support for our industry. This is possible entirely because of the hard work of Ian Rowe and his team in NFFO Services, and the generosity of the NFFO Services Board in its donations to the Trust,’ said Training Trust Chairman Bob Casson.
‘Since 2001, the Training Trust has made grant offers of £860,000 – all generated from the profits of our dynamic services company.’
The tried-and-tested way of distributing funds by inviting member producer organisations and regional (non-sector) committees to apply for uses will be used and is consistent with the Trust’s objectives.
‘In the past this has primarily been for various kinds of fishermen’s training and certain types of safety equipment. Each group will be able to spend up to a ceiling set in proportion to the NFFO subscriptions received. This approach ensures a fair and balanced approach across sectors and regions. A decentralised approach also ensures that the monies are being spent on what fishermen locally think is important,’ he said.
‘The focus on safety and training is entirely appropriate. Although progress has been made in recent years this can still be a dangerous industry and recent tragedies are a bitter reminder that there can be no room for complacency.’