Commercial Aquaculture Development Scheme

Under the Irish Seafood National Programme 2007-2013, applications are now being invited for grant assistance under the above Scheme. The Scheme provides grant aid, at a rate of up to 40% of eligible investment costs, to promote the commercial development of aquaculture on a basis which is financially, technically and environmentally sustainable.

Applications should be submitted to the agencies at the addresses listed below before 31 October 2014.

Download the Commercial Aquaculture Development Scheme Application Form.

All applications received will be assessed for eligibility, prioritised for financial assistance and subsequently submitted to an external Selection Board for a decision on grant aid.

Applications are invited from SME’s engaged in aquaculture whose investment plans:
• contribute to lasting economic benefits from the structural improvements in question
• offer a sufficient guarantee of technical and economic viability and environmental sustainability
• avoid counter productive effects, particularly the risk of creating surplus production capacity.


In order to be considered for aid under the scheme, the following criteria will apply:

• Sites must be licensed under the relevant Fisheries and Foreshore, and Planning Acts, as appropriate and licence fee payments must be up-to-date;
• Where an aquaculture operation is located in or adjacent to a Natura 2000 designated area, financial assistance will only be provided where the operator is fully licensed following the Habitats Directive appropriate assessment for that site, taking due account of the outcome of that assessment;
• Projects must be consistent with The Seafood Development Operational Programme 2007-2013;
• An SME applying for grant aid must demonstrate that, in addition to any grant assistance sought, they have the financial, human and technical resources required to successfully implement the investment programme;
• Harbour dues and any other monies owing to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food or to either of the agencies, must be paid in full;
• For full details of grant criteria check your application form.

How to apply

Applications should be forwarded to An Bord Iascaigh Mhara or in the case of projects located in the Gaeltacht regions, Údarás na Gaeltachta, who will prioritise applications for grant aid. Full details of the Scheme are available at or For further information and application forms, please contact:

An Bord Iascaigh Mhara,                                                                   Údarás na Gaeltachta
Aquaculture Development Division                                                      Na Forbacha
PO Box 12                                                                                       Co. na Gaillimhe.
Crofton Rd.                                                                                       Fón: 091-503100
Dún Laoghaire                                                                                  Fács: 091-503101
Co. Bhaile Áth Cliath.
Fón: 01-2144100
Fács: 01-2144119