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The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., has announced the award of €1,811,461 in grants to 28 aquaculture companies under his Department’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme. The grant awards will support total investment of €4.5 million in the aquaculture sector.  The grants are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union and are subject to terms and conditions.

Minister McConalogue said, “I am delighted to be in a position today to provide €1.8 million in grants to 28 ambitious aquaculture companies to further the growth of their businesses and our aquaculture sector. These grants will support €4.5 million in investment in oyster, mussels, trout and seaweed farming.  Despite two major challenges in the form of Covid and Brexit, these 28 aquaculture businesses are showing confidence in the future of their sector and are expanding their production to meet strong market demand for their quality products.”

Minister added, “In recent years my Department invested in eliminating the licensing backlog for shellfish aquaculture producers and this is I believe being reflected in the large number of grant applications being submitted by shellfish aquaculture producers, showing renewed confidence in their capacity to expand with regulatory certainty.”


Grant approvals – Sustainable Aquaculture Grant Scheme

Beneficiary Location Project Total Investment EMFF Grant
Dúlra Iorras Teoranta



Mayo Capacity building in a new seaweed production farm and purchase of equipment


€88,202 €44,101


Mannin Seafoods Ltd






Mussel Organic Certification



€1500 €750


Mulroy Bay Mussels Ltd


Donegal Mussel Organic Certification.


€1000 €500


B.C. Shellfish Ltd


Kerry Capacity building and increasing production on your oyster farm €608,007.00 €243,203
Donegal Aquaculture Services Ltd



Donegal Construction of Oyster packing facility €290,000 €116,000


Cooley Oysters Ltd


Louth Capacity building and expanding of your oyster farm €330,115 €132,046
Crocknagee Oysters Ltd


Donegal Construction of oyster handling facility and purchase of equipment including tractors. €670,899 €268,360
Fitzpatrick Oysters Ltd


Wexford Phase 2: Purchase of Farm Equipment €78,000 €31,200


Goatsbridge Trout Farm Ltd Kilkenny Upgrade of Production Facilities €1,250,000 €500,000


Inish Sal Teoranta





Purchase of trestles, hooks, bags and other equipment to further establish the existing business.


€21,158 €8,463


Irish Oysters Harvest Ltd


Donegal Capacity building and expanding of an oyster farm €100,200 €40,080
Dingle Bay Shellfish Ltd


Kerry Purchase of a new flat bottom oyster barge and grader €75,280 €30,112.00


Keenan Oysters Ltd




Increasing the production area of an oyster farm €448,656 €179,462


Mr. Liam O’Connor


Kerry Increase capacity of oyster farm €18,258 €7,303


Mr. Kevin Kilroy




Start of New Business & Capacity Building of Oyster Farm €33,109 €13,243


Mr. Michael Scannell




Kerry Capacity Increase of Oyster Farm €15,128 €6,051


Natura Mussels Ltd


Donegal Enhancement of offshore lines to produce oysters using floating bags. €32,197 €12,879


Ocean Run Ltd


Cork Improvement of mooring system and expansion of reusable collector rope €22,793 €9,117


Poulnasherry Oysters Ltd


Clare Purchase of Oyster Bagging Machine €8,500 €3,400


Saddle Rock Fisheries Ltd




Donegal Purchase of trestles and bags to develop new oyster sites at Saddle Rock Fisheries Ltd.


€58,730 €23,492



Sofi Shellfish Ltd



Mayo Increase capacity of an Oyster Farm €11,990 €4,796


Trabay Ltd


Donegal To increase and secure oyster production €38,400 €15,360


Turkhead Enterprises Ltd


Cork Purchase of mussel line moulds, ropes and bags €34,075 €13,630


Wild Atlantic Sea Products Ltd


Cork Deployment of seaweed farm €20,180 €10,090


Cromane Bay Shellfish


Kerry Purchase of circular grader and oyster barge €151,266 €60,506


Sciana Mara Teoranta


Mayo To build capacity and upgrade, to increase efficiency and deal with bigger volumes €24,067 €9,627
Oisri Min an Chairn Teoranta


Donegal Capacity building of new oyster sites €12,755 €6,378


Dooriel Fisheries Ltd


Mayo Upgrade to Water Oyster Grading Line €53,280 € 21,312
Total:   €4,497,745 €1,811,461