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The EMFF offers support for projects and investments relating to:

  • stimulating innovation in aquaculture
  • supporting productive investments and driving growth in aquaculture, including through increasing production, modernisation, diversification, increasing resource efficiency and promoting closed recirculation systems
  • the setting-up of sustainable small and micro aquaculture enterprises by new aquaculture farmers
  • participation in ex-situ conservation and reproduction of aquatic animals.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate that good and sustainable market prospects exist for their product.

Grant Amounts:

The amount of grant offered would relate to individual circumstances and would always be the minimum amount necessary to allow the project to go ahead, subject to a minimum of £2,400.

How to find out more:

Further details can be obtained by reading the ‘Support for Aquaculture Guidance Notes’.

Call for Project Ideas:

The Welsh Government is holding a call for Aquaculture project ideas with the potential to submit EMFF applications aligning strongly with EMFF and Welsh Government priorities.

Project ideas must be submitted using the Aquaculture Project Idea Form. 

Those Project Ideas achieving the strongest scores against the stated scoring criteria may be invited to submit an application for EMFF grant funding.

Please refer to the following documents for details:

  • Support for Aquaculture - Call for Project Ideas: Scoring Criteria and Project Idea Form
  • Sustainable Aquaculture in Wales - Policy Priorities


The Call for Project Ideas will be divided into the following three Strands:

Strand 1 – Shellfish Production

Window for submitting project ideas: 1 March – 12 April 2017

Assessment of project ideas: 13 April – 12 May 2017

Provision of feedback on project ideas: week commencing 15 May 2017

Strand 2 – Finfish Production

Window for submitting project ideas: 27 March – 12 May 2017

Assessment of project ideas: 15 May – 16 June 2017

Provision of feedback on project ideas: week commencing 19 June 2017

Strand 3 – Algae and Seaweed Aquaculture Projects

Window for submitting project ideas: 8 May – 16 June 2017

Assessment of project ideas: 19 June – 21 July 2017

Provision of feedback on project ideas: week commencing 24 July 2017

Only one project idea per organisation can be submitted under each Strand.

Funds Available:

The maximum indicative allocation for aquaculture projects is approximately £2.5 million (this figure may vary due to exchange rate fluctuations).

Please note that EMFF grant applications will not be accepted from organisations, businesses or individuals who:

  • have been convicted of fraud under the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) or the EMFF
  • have been convicted of a ‘serious infringement’ or fraud in the 12 months before applying

Please see the EMFF Guidance on Serious Infringements and Fraud.