Seafish Wales Monthly Update

The Seafish Corporate Plan for 2018-2021 has established key work areas, which take the form of 5 'Challenges':

Challenge 1: Changing Landscape  A changing political, economic and regulatory landscape as the UK exits the EU

Challenge 2: Enjoy Fish  Stagnant consumer demand and strong competition from other protein and non-protein foods

Challenge 3: Safe & Skilled  A sector that competes with other food production industries to attract and retain a suitably skilled workforce while addressing complex challenges around workplace safety

Challenge 4: Good Source & Supply  Sourcing sustainable seafood an in increasingly competitive global market, alongside continued public concern over practices that compromise human welfare and the environment

Challenge 5: Deep Insight  Successfully accessing the data, information and knowledge that will ensure the sector is equipped to understand and respond innovatively to a changing environment

Each month we'll update this page to highlight how Seafish work in Wales feeds in to the Challenges of the Corporate Plan.

August 2018

Supporting Wales Seafood Strategy Delivery

Grant-aided PFDs with PLBs

With the support of Seafish, the Welsh Fishing Safety Committee (WFSC) has provided over 540 grant-aided Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) with integrated Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) to owners of active Welsh fishing vessels at a heavily reduced price of £15.00 per item (normal RRP. over £350). 

The application window for grant-aided PFDs with PLBs has now closed, with over 280 applications received for approximately 650 PFD-PLBs between April and August 2018. The distribution of the remaining PFDs is expected to take place November 2018. Applicants will be contacted in late October with further details.

This initiative received funding from the Welsh Government and from Seafarer's UK, a charity that has been helping people in the maritime community for more than 100 years. The overarching aim of the project is to contribute to the WFSC and Wales Seafood Strategy target of zero preventable fishing-related deaths by reducing fatalities resulting from man-overboard incidents.

Wales Fishing Safety Awareness Project

Lee Haigh, Seafish's new Wales Fishing Safety Project Officer has been engaging with the Welsh fishing fleet and introducing the two-year EMFF funded 'Wales Fishing Safety Awareness' project to Welsh fishermen by attending Welsh Fishing Safety Committee (WFSC) PFD/PLB safety events. A Wales Fishing Safety Facebook page has been established to support the project's objective to increase commercial fishermen's awareness of key health and safety issues and improve the safety culture of the Welsh fishing fleet. First and foremost this Facebook page will provide information to support the Welsh Fishing Safety Committee (WFSC) PFD/PLB project, to encourage the long-term use and maintenance of this life-saving equipment.

Welsh Seafood Market Development & Growth Project

Seafish are supporting the development of the Welsh Seafood Market Development and Growth project, an innovative EMFF-funded initiative led by Menter a Busnes. The project aims to develop the market for Welsh Seafood domestically and internationally via i) the direct marketing of Welsh seafood and ii) providing the sector with marketing support. 

The project will work directly with the Welsh seafood industry to define clear brand values for Welsh seafood and develop marketing campaigns and resources to facilitate the promotion these values. The project also aims to improve understanding of current market needs, increase marketing expertise within the sector and support Welsh fishing vessels to attain the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) standard.

Other News

Seafish Wales Advisory Committee

The next meeting takes place at Swansea University on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

For further details on any of the above, please contact Dr Holly Whiteley on 07984 561918 or holly.whiteley@seafish.co.uk.