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Vital Funds Offered To Get Fisherman Back In Business After The Storms


6:53am 4th June 2014

There's more help for Dorset fishermen who were left devastated following the winter storms.

Dozens of people lost kit and had their boats damaged when rough seas battered the coastline from December through to February.

The Dorset Community Foundation has received a pot of grant money to help local fishermen adversely affected, rebuild their businesses and get their livelihoods back on track.

Development Director at the foundation Tracey Melling says they wanted to help those who were hit the hardest:

"We've been very fortunate to be able to help several fishermen. I think the key for us was that we didn't want to just partially help the fishermen, it was important that we were able to give them as much money as possible to help them get back to sea and fish."

"Many of the fishermen have lost the essentials like their pots that are now buried under the water. There was no way, with the best will in the world, that they would be able to find and retrieve those, so some of the funding we've given to the fishermen is just to pay for the new pots."

Kimmeridge fisherman Nicholas Ford has been catching crab and lobster for 25 years and told us he lost thousands of pounds worth of equipment at sea during the recent stormy weather, devastating his business:

"It was sickening .... Each day I was going out and finding a bit of gear and it was all smashed up. 25 years I've been fishing and in 3 months I was nearly out of business. I lost 140 pots and also a lot of other gear."

Thanks to a £10,000 grant from Dorset Community Foundation, he's now getting his life back on track:

"I've got a bit of gear fishing now so I'm starting to make a living again, just a big thank you to the Dorset Community Foundation for getting me well back on my feet."

Dorset Community Foundation are now accepting applications from individual fishermen whose trade has been severely affected by storm damage between the 1st December 2013 and 31st March 2014.

For more information & to apply for a grant click here.

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