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British govt unveils details of fund to support fisheries

The British government has unveiled details of a multi-million-pound fund to support fishing businesses facing difficulties post-Brexit.

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Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said this in a statement on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

A total of £23 million pounds ($31 million) would be given to seafood exporters who have been “most adversely affected” by the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit, said a statement.

It is aimed at fishing export businesses who can give evidence of a “genuine loss in exporting fish and shellfish to the EU.”

The money is to be made available immediately to small and medium-sized businesses, who can claim a maximum of £100,000, and are to be paid retrospectively to cover losses since Jan.1.

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This comes after fishing businesses protested in Westminster on Monday against the new load of paperwork, now Britain has fully left the EU after the end of the post-Brexit transition period in December 2020.

Gary Hodgson, a Director at Venture Seafood, said that most deliveries required only a delivery notice prior to January, while now exporters have to provide an export health certificate, a catch certificate, a customs clearance form and security documents.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded to the protests by announcing a fund would be created to help businesses through the “teething problems”.

A £100 million fund is also being created to help modernise the industry.

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