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Bulgaria’s National Agency of Fisheries and Aquaculture (NAFA) has signed three contracts worth BGN 2 639 631 to finance projects under Operational Program Fisheries Sector Development.


The grants for the three projects stand at BGN 1 597 872 in total.


In one of the projects, Veliko Tarnovo-based company Shavarna Biopark will reconstruct a disused fish farm and an adjacent land plot outside the town of Levski. The BGN 1 562 638 grant, covering 60% of the approved project cost, has been earmarked for the construction of a concrete basin farm where mostly rainbow trout will be farmed. The project should be up and running within 24 months.


The two other grants will be extended to beneficiaries of the Local Initiative Fishing Group Glavinitsa-Tutrakan-Slivo Pole. A total BGN 23 650 will be provided to Yordan Yovkov High School in the town of Tutrakan for the development of a curriculum focused on nature protection. The aim is to present fish varieties in the Danube river, study fish population, fishing ban periods, etc. The students will be also trained in traditional local crafts and take part in a ten-day open-aid training that will include fishing practice.


A further BGN 11 583 will be extended to Hristo Botev High School in Tutrakan to carry out a project designed to promote sustainability, protect fish populations and preserve and enrich local traditions and culture through a range of activities.

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