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    Sustainable fisheries in a changing world

    Posted by Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy on 04 August 2014

    Libby Woodhatch

    The Oceans of Potential Conference in Plymouth this week was my first outing as Head of Advocacy at Seafish, and I thought it may be a lively start with the main draw a panel session to discuss, "Sustainable fisheries in a changing world". A marquee crammed with scientists, conservationists and industry was recipe for good verbal fisticuffs at the very least surely?

    Chaired by conservationist Monty Halls, fresh from his experiences as a fisherman'...more

    Brighton Food Society

    Posted by Paul Williams, Chief Executive on 04 August 2014

    Paul WIlliams

    I was recently a guest at Brighton Food Society's coastal themed dinner, where, of course, the meal was based around seafood. Brighton Food Society is a group of food writers, publishers and broadcasters who get together to cook, eat and talk the foodie talk. I was invited to say a few words about Seafish, seafood and sustainability. We ate some excellent local plaice, caught by the MSC accredited catamaran, Amadeus, that fishes out of Hastings, along with a lang...more

    RFS @ the RFS

    Posted by Mick Bacon, Training and Accreditation Adviser on 04 August 2014

    Mick Bacon

    Awash (literally) from the success of our attendance at the Dorset Seafood Festival, the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) team is now moving West where we will be raising the profile of the RFS with one of the largest fishing fleets in England.

    Situated on the South coast of Devon, the port of Brixham is home to a thriving and diverse fleet of vessels who last year landed fis...more

    How does the UK fishing industry move toward discard-free fisheries?

    Posted by Karen Green, DAG Secretariat on 04 August 2014

    Karen Green

    How does the UK move from where we are now to discard free fisheries in practice? A discard ban is the likely outcome from the CFP reform process which currently proposes to introduce the obligation to land all catches on a fisheries-by-fisheries basis and on defined dates.

    This is a very practical issue facing the UK fishing industry. There needs to be a comprehensive discuss...more

    Seafood group discusses two of the many facets of responsible sourcing

    Posted by Karen Green, Secretary, Common Language Group on 04 August 2014

    Karen Green

    Bringing the 'hot' topics that are currently affecting the seafood supply chain in the UK to the fore is the clear remit of the Seafish-facilitated Common Language Group (CLG). Responsible sourcing underpins the seafood supply chain, but this whole area has many different facets. The recent CLG meeting at Billingsgate Market looked at two very different aspects of this big topic. Firstly at the top of ...more

    May The Best Shop Win

    Posted by Andy Gray, Marketing and Promotion on 04 August 2014

    Andy Gray

    It has certainly been a summer of edge-of-the-seat sporting competition and excellence with the European Championships, Andy Murray's 'near victory' at Wimbledon, his subsequent medal glory at the London Olympics, indeed, medals galore for the UK for all manner of sporting disciplines. Whilst not necessarily of a sporting nature, although nevertheless involving hard fought competition, the next eagerly awaited set of results here in the UK, are the details of those successfu...more

    Irish Sea Cod Selectivity project

    Posted by Mike Montgomerie, Gear Technologist on 04 August 2014

    Mike Montgomerie

    Seafish have just completed a cod selectivity project in the Irish Sea nephrops fishery. The project, funded by Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) through the European Fisheries Fund, was led by Gear Technologist Mike Montgomerie. The aim of this project was to develop a gear modification that would reduce catches of cod in nephrops trawls to below 1.5% of the total catch. This modified gear also had to be safe and practical for the...more

    Industry Panels come together to shape the future of Seafish

    Posted by Paul WIlliams, Chief Executive on 04 August 2014

    Paul WIlliams

    The Seafish Panels are our new mechanism for giving industry direct influence over the work that Seafish carries out and for looking at how we use the levy. They are made up of representatives from all the different industry sectors pulled into three separate Panels, covering Domestic and Exporters, more

    Roll up, Roll up! South West gear trial reports success

    Posted by Gus Caslake, Fishing Technologist on 04 August 2014

    Gus Caslake

    My latest trip was to be onboard the Barentszee a 30 metre beam trawler from Brixham. I was joining Shaun Gibbs and crew to carry out sea trials looking at a replacing a standard rubber hoppered ground gear with a concept rollerball system. The roller ball system had been designed by Darren 'Ed' Edwards and Alan Porter in conjunction with some of the Brixham skippers from the successful 50% discards project.

    The concept had been tested during a ...more

    Dorset Seafood Festival - Two floods in two days, but what a difference a day makes!

    Posted by Mick Bacon, Training and Accreditation Adviser on 04 August 2014

    Mick Bacon

    Keen to spread the word on RFS, an enthusiastic Seafish team recently descended upon a newly painted, ultra clean Weymouth. Was the Queen coming, are the Olympians on their way or was it just for us and our attendance at the Dorset Seafood Festival? Whatever the answer may have been, the quayside festival at Weymouth provided a perfect stage to promote the scheme and other Seafish proje...more

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