ONE OF Orkney’s most far flung islands is amongst the coastal communities to benefit from an £8.4m EU funding boost.

Westray has been given £1.7 million to refurbish Pierowall Pier to support the work of 11 inshore vessels supplying the main processors on the island and provide jobs for the community.

Other recipients of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) include MJ French Fish Export Ltd in Fraserburgh, which will receive a £362,000 grant to upgrade its processing facility, while a number of smaller grants will be used for upgrading safety equipment on fishing boats.

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Sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing businesses around the Scottish coast will be given funding to boost growth and protect jobs in their area. A total of 86 projects across Scotland are being given funds to upgrade or modernise their equipment.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing announced details of the funding as he embarked on a series of visits to meet local businesses as part of his summer tour.

“This will help processing businesses expand and enhance their work and make the day to day routines of fishermen easier and safer, by improving the quality of products and enabling them to develop environmentally friendly methods.”