Seafish strategic review 2021 - Take our survey - Seafish

Seafood industry invited to help shape the future of Seafish

We are asking the seafood industry about our functions and funding as part of our strategic review. Find out how to take part and have your say.

Individual, businesses and organisations are invited to tell us how we can best serve the seafood sector in the UK and how we can be funded. An online survey is open from 12 July until 20 August.

Follow the link below to take the survey (opens in new window).

Seafish was set up in its current form in 1981. We have adapted our work over the last 40 years to respond to the needs of the seafood sector but the levy system was last updated in 1999.

The survey questions ask:

  • What work should Seafish do more of or less of to help the industry to thrive?

  • What changes can be made to the levy to ensure it is equitable for the industry and ensures Seafish is funded to help it deliver for the industry in the future?
Our CEO Marcus Coleman explains why we're doing a strategic review, what we're asking and how to take part.

As a public body, we must carry out strategic reviews from time to time. The review started with the four fisheries administrations in late 2020. We recently held a series of workshops with key representatives from across the seafood supply chain in the UK to discuss the same questions in the survey.

The responses from all three parts of the consultation will be drawn together and a report with recommendations submitted to the Government by the Seafish board at the end of the year.

With Brexit and the pandemic, we have been called upon by the industry and government to support the seafood sector more than ever.

“This strategic review is about trying to strengthen our offering and ensure we are doing what the industry need us to do. However, we are working within a levy system from the last century which doesn’t reflect the seafood industry today. If the industry and government want us to do more then we need to look at how we make that happen.
Marcus Coleman, Seafish CEO

A Strategic Review Steering Group, including us and all four government administrations, is overseeing the process and ensuring the strategic review fulfils the Government’s needs for a review of a public body.

The survey is run by White Space Strategy and all responses are confidential. The survey is hosted on the White Space Strategy website at the following link Seafish Strategic Review: Stakeholder Survey (

We have recently published our 2021-2022 Annual Plan with details on our current work programme. Follow the link below to download a copy of the current annual plan.