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 The Finnish operational program of European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)


The objective of the Finnish operational program of European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) is successful and sustainable bioeconomy. European Maritime and Fisheries Fund is used to promote sustainable commercial fishing and aquaculture, Union's Common Fisheries Policy, increasing the regional cohesion and employment and promote the processing and availability of fish products in markets and the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy.

A fact sheet about the program is found on the Union's website.

Funding can be applied from the EMFF to support fisheries, innovations related to the subject and investments. In practice the applications are submitted to the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (CEDTE, ELY-keskus in finnish). The applier should always first contact his local CEDTE or local fisheries action group. The applications are filled and handled in the HYRRÄ-web application.


Goals of the Finnish EMFF operational program

  1. Promoting sustainable fisheries
    Creating new operational models, products and markets and diversifying the functions of fishermen are supported under the priorities of sustainable fishing. It is important for the sector to support younger fishermen in the industry to secure its’ future and continuity. Central goal is increasing the status of fish stocks and creating adequate conditions for restoring anadromous fish populations and their natural reproduction.

  2. Promoting sustainable aquaculture
    The goal with aquaculture is a strong and sustainable growth in production, which will improve the self-sufficiency of fish products in Finland and strengthen the position of Finland as a fish farming technology expert and producer. Subsidies are particularly targeted towards sustainable growth and renewal-enhancing investments in the sector, as well as the diversification of production and reduction of environmental impacts.

  3. Promoting the implementation of the Union’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)
    Data collection resources are primarily targeted at the core task and prioritization of information needs is made within the limits set by the data collection regulation according to national needs. Efforts will continue to be made to improve data collection by working together at various levels. Regional co-operation in the Baltic Sea will use uniform methods and implement regional division of labor to increase resource efficiency. Cooperation with Finnish research institutes will also be carried out, such as the implementation of the eagle sonata research trip by the Finnish Environment Institute's research vessel Aranda. Collaboration with fishermen is sought to increase knowledge.  The key objective of fisheries control is the coordination of national legislation and the requirements of the Common Fisheries Policy and the control regulations and the creation of an effective model of cooperation between the enforcement authorities. Effective cooperation enables well-managed and cost-effective control. In order to improve cooperation between authorities in the new programming period, A new fisheries observatory.

  4. Increasing employment and regional cohesion
    Actions under this priority are supported through fisheries local action groups.  In community-based local development focus is on the actions that either create new products, markets and ways to act or significantly enhance the competitiveness of enterprises for example by lowering the costs.  Innovation, product development, active networking and the utilization of synergies are essential in the pursuit of long-lasting results.

  5. Promoting marketing and processing
    The objective of the priority is product development throughout the entire value chain, and especially in quality, durability and traceability of products.Subsidies of processing and wholesale business investments are focused so that they support the operational programs’ strategic goal of strengthening the operating conditions of the primary production. The subsidies under the operational program are used to encourage new ways of utilizing the fisheries resources and side streams from fish processing.

  6. Promoting the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP)
    The objectives of the IMP are to improve the protection of marine resources and to create the conditions for the diversified and sustainable exploitation of marine resources as part of the blue economy. Objectives also include exploring the possibilities of reconciling maritime activities and objectives, for example by developing national maritime policy coordination and co-operation. Operational program can for example support actions to create the prerequisites for marine planning.