Strategic Review of Seafish in 2021
As a non-departmental public body, we carry out strategic reviews from time to time. The Seafish Board decided in November 2019 to carry out a review in 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic delayed this process, but we are preparing for a review to start in June 2021.
The seafood industry in the UK is evolving. There are challenges and opportunities that have come from the Covid-19 pandemic and we are getting used to trading, fishing and working outside the EU.
We are committed to helping the industry through these changes. We have been serving the seafood industry in the UK since Seafish was set up in our current form in 1981. We have adapted over the last 40 years to support the industry where it is needed most and we’re proud of our contribution to the achievements of our seafood industry.
This will be a fundamental review of the organisation. In part to reflect the changing political landscape and shape of our seafood sector, but also to address a challenge we have of financial sustainability. Our goal is to design and implement a future-proofed way for Seafish to continue supporting a thriving seafood sector.
We’ll be looking for industry feedback on proposals and how we best serve the seafood sector as part of that process. Everyone will have the opportunity to be part of the conversations.
Our industry consultation goes live on 10 June and will complete on 22 August. There are two ways to have your say:
- Supply Chain Workshops, drawing together stakeholders from all sectors and from all four nations of the UK. These will be held virtually due to the current pandemic situation. Workshops are taking place in June and July.
- An opportunity to respond to a set of questions in a written submission or by answering an online survey. This will be available to anyone who wants to share their views. The survey goes live on 12th July and will be open for six weeks until 22 August.
An independent facilitator is leading the workshops. They are helping us to design and deliver the stakeholder workshops and analyse the results of the workshops. The online and written submissions will be managed by a third party, with findings supplied to Seafish.
We are working with the UK’s four government fisheries administrations to ensure that the strategic review process is fair and transparent. A Strategic Review Steering Group, including members from the four UK Governments and Seafish Executive, is guiding and overseeing the review process to ensure it meets the proper standard. The Group also ensures that proposals for the future of Seafish take account of views expressed from across the UK and across the seafood supply chain.
Our Board and Executive team completed a consultation with Government at the end of 2020. Workshops were held with the fisheries departments in all four Governments in the UK separately.
The outcome of those workshops has helped us to design the industry consultation of the strategic review.
Strategic Review outcomes
We’ll share a summary of responses from the industry consultation with the Strategic Review Steering Group and the seafood industry in Autumn this year. A final report showing a preferred choice for Seafish will be produced for the Seafish Board.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about the Strategic Review, get in touch with Aoife Martin.