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At the end of last month, Seafish announced the deadline for applications for the current grant-aided funding scheme for personal flotation devices (PFDs) with personal locator beacons (PLB) project has been extended for one month.

Owners of UK registered commercial fishing vessels can now apply for funding towards the cost of equipping their crew with this vital life-saving equipment until Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Simon Potten, Head of Safety and Training at Seafish said: “We’re pleased to be able to extend the deadline for the funding scheme, however we appreciate that in the current climate people may struggle to purchase this equipment.

“As a result, we are also ring-fencing funding so all successful applicants will have up to 3 months from receipt of their approval letter to make their purchase and send in their claim. Funding will still be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay sending in your application.”

The scheme is being delivered in co-operation with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Trinity House as part of the Fishing Industry Safety Group’s 10-year strategy to eliminate preventable deaths in the UK fishing industry.

It is open to owners of active UK registered commercial fishing vessels who have not previously received support for purchasing PLBs. (You can apply for the cost of adding a PLB if you previously received funding to purchase PFDs).

To qualify for funding, owners must apply to Seafish for approval before purchasing their preferred PFDs/PLBs. They need to provide a specification of the equipment they want to buy, a quote from their preferred supplier and an indication of the number of items required to equip all the crew on their vessel.

For more information and to download an application form visit: Funding for PFDs with PLBs

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