The Operational Programme (OP) supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in Ireland aims at achieving key national development priorities along with the EU's "Europe 2020" objectives. The OP will support the general reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the development of its Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) in Ireland.
Supports compliance of fisheries and aquaculture with Habitats, Birds and Marine Strategy Framework Directives through acquisition and analysis of data on fisheries and aquaculture and conduct of Habitats Directive assessments.
Union Priority 2 - Sustainable Development of Aquaculture (€30m)
Sustainable Aquaculture Scheme
(Total €20.6m - €10.3m Exchequer €10.3m EMFF)
Supports sustainable growth of output, value and employment in the aquaculture sector through capital investment in licensed aquaculture sites, promotion of organic aquaculture and aid for biotoxin closures.
Union Priority 6 - Integrated Maritime Policy (€10.6m)
Blue Growth and Marine Spatial Planning Scheme
(Total €10.6m - €5.3m Exchequer €5.3m EMFF)
Supporting actions targeted at enabling investment in Ireland's blue economy and supporting the establishment Marine Spatial Planning in Ireland for the purpose of promoting sustainable growth of maritime economies, the sustainable development of marine areas and sustainable use of marine resources.