Keeping our last hunter-gatherers safe

Posted by Simon Potten, Head of Safety, Training and Services on 24 July 2014

Simon Potten Head of Safety, Training and Services at Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, reflects on the latest figures from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), but says there is still more to be done to improve UK commercial fishermen's safety…


Fish stocks: over half full or under half empty?

Posted by Tom Pickerell, Technical Director on 27 June 2014

This week saw the release of the European Commission's views and intentions for setting fishing opportunities - the levels of Total Allowable Catches (TACs), quotas and fishing effort - in 2015. The actual quotas aren't decided until later in the year but this is an important milest...more

Education is vital for a future full of seafood eaters

Posted on 03 June 2014

Healthy Eating Week kicked-off this week, an initiative run by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) to help over 1.7million children in the UK learn more about where their food comes from...more

The social and ethical side of fishing – Revitalising the RFS

Posted by Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy on 30 May 2014

In the 8 years since we saw Ian Wightman's Eilidh Anne become the first vessel accredited under the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) at the grand launch during the Glasgow Fishing Expo, the global seascape has changed significantly. 

In 2006, sustainability was the ...more

The Quayside's perspective on responsible sourcing

Posted by Stuart Fusco, The Quayside on 23 May 2014

Within the world of fish and chips, the issues of sustainability and responsible sourcing are becoming increasingly prominent, with growing numbers of customers wanting to know more about how and from where the fish they will be eating, has been sourced. Here at Quayside in Whitby on the...more

Celebrating Success

Posted by Lee Cooper on 23 May 2014

Celebrating the success of others is one of the best bits of my job at Seafish, and something that's becoming a more frequent happening.  The latest celebration of success is thanks to JK Thompson ltd, an Edinburgh fish processor who have given Kirsty Peacock and many of her colleag...more

Insight from a seafood newbie

Posted by Briana Marsh on 16 May 2014

In August 2013 I joined Seafish and have been working as a communications executive. This means that, apart from being asked if I get free fish (only once, sadly), I tend to get asked lots of questions about seafood. Going from knowing nothing to what I hope is a reasonable working knowl...more

Lifejackets can save lives and I have met the proof

Posted by Dr Lynn Gilmore on 06 March 2014

I met the proof that lifejackets really can save lives last September in Portavogie, Northern Ireland.

The proof is a young fisherman called Sam Cully. In September, Sam was pulled from the Irish Sea by Portaferry Lifeboat, following the rapid sinking of his vessel. He was uncon...more

Hugh’s Final Fish Fight

Posted by Tom Pickerell, Technical Director on 03 March 2014

Yesterday, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall presented the final episode of Fish Fight, his campaign to change the policy towards discards and raise awareness on various marine conservation issues.

Overall, it is hard to argue that Hugh's campaign has not been largely a force for goo...more

Addressing the issue of ‘choke’ species in a mixed fishery

Posted on 24 January 2014

One particular aspect of the landings obligation that worries me is the phenomena of 'choke' species. This is a potentially disastrous situation whereby a lack of quota for one particular species may prevent you from risking going to sea and fishing in case you catch that species. If thi...more