Seafish Round Up Blog December 2016

Posted on 13 December 2016

I don't know about you, but I always feel like December is a time for reflection and for planning ahead. I'm feeling this way even more so than usual this year as it was just twelve months ago that I was offered my job at Seafish.

I'm really pleased to say that my reflections on 2016 are positive ones. These last twelve months have absolutely flown by and I have enjoyed every minute.

I do believe that across all the services and areas of expertise that we offer to the wider seafood industry, our work has been to a consistently high standard and has been well received by our stakeholders. In case you need any further convincing, you need only look at:

  • The high attendance at our regular industry Interest Groups
  • the 200+ delegates at the Seafish organised Humber Seafood Summit
  • the global interest in our Responsible Fishing Scheme
  • the urgent requests from industry for help from our expert team after the EU referendum
  • the 600+ guests at the National Fish And Chip Awards
  • the massive uplift in industry engagement in Seafood Week
  • the demand for our safety advice, guidance and training.
  • the engagement in our work undertaken through our Regional Teams
  • the increased subscribers to our Market Insight work
  • … and I could go on.

We are proud of our work in 2016 but we know that there are more challenges to come.

So to 2017 - what will it hold for us at Seafish and indeed the wider seafood industry?

Throughout 2017 we will develop our Corporate Plan for 2018-21. This will be our mandate going forward and we need to give this development process our full attention, ensuring that we, and our stakeholders, have had ample opportunity to shape this work so that we have a meaningful and purposeful agenda for the future.

We also need to get our heads around the fact that uncertainty is set to be a way of life. We will be able to set out a Corporate Plan but it may be that the plan contains a degree of flexibility or review points. This is because the UK exit from the EU is likely to bring about fresh demands upon our resources. The timetable for these new demands and the areas of focus will all depend upon the nature of the UK's negotiations.

So how do we respond to this world of uncertainty? We control the controllables; we attend to the things we can control and progress with confidence. Regardless of the geopolitical landscape it is our mission to deliver our key areas of work laid out in the corporate plan and this is essential as it allows us the flexibility to respond to the evolving landscape.

In a world of uncertainty we must do everything we can to be prepared and to be as robust as possible to deal with the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. I look forward to the forthcoming year, safe in the knowledge that everyone here at Seafish will be working harder than ever to ensure a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future for all of the seafood industry. Merry Xmas and bring on 2017!