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March 2018Download XLSX

UK seafood processing sector labour 2017

Hazel Curtis, Marta Moran Quintana, Kirsten Milliken

There was anecdotal evidence that the UK seafood processing sector relied heavily on workers from other EU countries. Hence, reliable information on the nationality of the workforce in the seafood processing sector was considered necessary to inform discussions on the new relationship of the UK with the EU. Seafish conducted a survey of UK seafood processing companies in early 2017 to gather information about financial performance and the nationality of their workforce. The workforce nationality results are presented in this report. The majority of UK seafood processing sites surveyed employ foreign workers from other EU countries. These workers represent approximately 42% of the workforce in the surveyed sites. Region and site size appear to be major factors influencing the nationality mix of the workforce.

October 2017Download PDF

Size-price dependency in the market for whitefish

Ana Witteveen, Hazel Curtis, Arina Motova

Seafish analysed data on sales of cod and haddock at Peterhead auction between 2006 and 2015 to estimate how much fish size influenced price at auction. Further analysis was done to estimate how a lower average size of landed fish could impact fishing revenues. The study found strong evidence of size-dependent pricing for both species and estimated that if selectivity is not improved, fishermen operating whitefish vessels could earn £21,000 less in gross annual fishing income from cod and haddock landings, compared to pre-landing obligation fishing revenues. The study suggests that if selectivity is improved, fishermen could achieve a higher overall value for their landings than if they land the same proportion of small fish that they were catching before the landing obligation was implemented.

October 2017Download PDF

2017 Pilot Survey of Employment in the UK Fishing Fleet

Arina Motova, Marta Moran Quintana, Hazel Curtis

This report presents an overview and discussion of the methods and data collected during the 2017 pilot survey of employment in the UK fishing fleet, conducted by Seafish. The main purpose of the pilot survey was to test a methodology and questionnaire design for the collection of social data on the UK fishing fleet. The information presented in this report focuses on the sample collected and does not represent a complete picture of employment throughout the UK fishing fleet.

October 2017Download PDF

Seafish Fleet Economic Performance Dataset 2006-2016 (Excel Tables)

Steve Lawrence, Sébastien Metz, Arina Motova

The Seafish fleet economic performance dataset contains financial, economic and operation performance indicators for the period 2006-16. The dataset covers approximately 30 Seafish defined fleet segments and has been produced by combining a sample of costs and earnings data from vessel accounts with official effort, landings and capacity data for all active UK fishing vessels.

October 2017Download XLSX