Published Thursday, 02 January 2014
Minister Mark H Durkan announced the funding plans. (© Presseye)
The towns of Kilkeel, Co Down and Waterfoot, Co Antrim will each receive major grants from the UK-wide Coastal Communities Fund.
A sum of £260,782 will be provided to the Kilkeel Development Association for use in an innovative scheme to create a new lobster hatchery.
It is hoped the project, which will be run in partnership with Queen's University, can create around a dozen local jobs as well as safeguarding jobs in the fisheries sector.
Meanwhile in Waterfoot, Moyle District Council is set to receive over £186,000 to press ahead with converting a disused toilet block into a coastal centre.
The new centre is expected to bring revenue into the area while creating retail space for local artists and craft makers, and will create up to six jobs in the area.
Mr Durkan said: "Coastal communities have been shown to be very resourceful and this project is an excellent example of how funding can encourage cross-sector partnerships working together for the benefit of the community and to stimulate local initiative."
The SDLP minister added: "As a result of the grants these projects will create employment at all skills levels and support jobs in the local Kilkeel and Waterfoot communities."
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