A scheme to develop Coverack’s harbour to safeguard the fishing industry has been awarded almost £80,000.

The Coverack Harbour Company is being given £78,811 towards a £100,000 project that will be carried out over the course of this year.

It will include a much needed new winch, a quayside loading davit, ice making facilities and a cold storage room.

Commander Bill Frisken, chairman of the harbour company, said: “Coverack has never had any financial assistance and to have this amount of investment for the harbour offers a real chance for the fishing industry to continue here for generations to come.”

The money is coming from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group.

Chris Ranford, group animatuer for Cornwall Rural Community Council, has worked with the harbour company over the summer to develop their business plan and supported Commander Frisken through the process of applying for the European Fisheries Fund grant.

Mr Ranford said: “It has been a pleasure developing the project with Cornwall Harbour Company.

“This is a great use of European funding and will give a major uplift to the local community.”