Posted by Karen Green, Secretary, Common Language Group on 21 August 2012
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 t...more
Posted by Andy Gray, Marketing and Promotion on 14 August 2012
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...more
Posted by Mike Montgomerie, Gear Technologist on 09 August 2012
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 practica...more
Posted by Paul WIlliams, Chief Executive on 26 July 2012
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
Posted by Gus Caslake, Fishing Technologist on 19 July 2012
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
Posted by Mick Bacon, Training and Accreditation Adviser on 11 July 2012
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 Se...more
Posted by Andy Gray, Marketing and Promotion on 19 June 2012
Feeling hungry and looking for ideas for a quick tea this evening? Maybe a takeaway ... maybe some lip-smackingly delicious and hunger-quelling fish and chips ... but hold on, you've been picking up various media soundings re. fish and chips being fattening and perhaps not the best on the health front, and so are wondering what the real story actually is. Well, wonder no more and appreciate that tantalizing wafting aroma of salt and vinegar, savour the crunch of cr...more
Posted by Philip MacMullen, Head of Environment on 11 June 2012
On the same day I read, 'Norway, Iceland cod stocks booming', 'Cod will vanish in 10 years', 'EU: fish stocks improving', and 'EU...could decide whether species go on hurtling towards extinction'.
Whilst I could subscribe to much of the medicine prescribed in the Sunday Times 'rescue agenda' I fear that much of the diagnosis is based upon a rather muddled interpretation of the source material; hence the contrasting headlines with other publi...more
Posted by Bill Lart Sustainability and Data Advisor on 15 June 2012
Assessing sustainability has become increasingly important for governments, and industry. At the recent World Fisheries Congress, representatives from all sides considered stock assessments as the key basis for action. Fish sourced from non-assessed stocks risks losing its market, yet full assessments are expensive to conduct and they can't all be done overnight.
What we need is a road map that helps us work towards rational assessment plans: ...more
Posted by Karen Green, Industry Environmental Communications on 28 May 2012
The spectacular Fishmongers' Hall was once again the venue for the Shellfish Association of Great Britain's very well attended annual conference. The SAGB twitter feed is full of congratulations about the content of the presentations, the passion of some of the speakers and the truly delicious seafood dinner served on the Tuesday night. And this praise is very well deserved.
As a first-time attendee...more