Who we are and what we do

Seafish is a non-departmental public body (NDPB). We support the seafood sector in the UK to help it thrive. Find out about our work and our funding.

We work with everyone involved in the seafood journey from catch to plate.

Our work makes a huge difference. It:

  • keeps fishermen safe,
  • supports sustainable sourcing,
  • helps businesses work better,
  • and boosts the nation’s health.

We tackle everything from research to campaigns and insights to training. Whatever we can do to give our industry the support it needs to thrive

Our unique non-competitive roles means we work in partnership with people from all across the seafood sector in the UK. We help them overcome challenges and take hold of opportunities.

Our purpose

We’re here to give the UK seafood sector the support it needs to thrive.

We know what seafood can do for the nation:

  • It’s packed full of nutrition;
  • When managed responsibly, it’s sustainable;
  • It creates long-term job opportunities;
  • Builds and sustains communities, and
  • Drives business prosperity.

We know seafood is the way forward. When this sector thrives, the whole nation thrives. 

Our Seafood Is The Way Forward film was produced in 2018 to launch the 2018-2021 corporate plan.

Find out about some of the businesses we've helped recently in our 'Supported by Seafish' stories. 

Our priorities 

We work with our seafood sector panels and the four Government administrations.

Together, we’ve agreed five priorities to support the seafood sector in the UK:

  1. Changing landscape: Helping the industry to navigate a changing political, economic, and regulatory landscape.
  2. Seafood consumption: Increasing consumer demand against strong competition from other protein and non-protein foods.
  3. A safe and skilled workforce: Supporting the sector to recruit, develop and retain a suitably skilled workforce and addressing complex challenges around workplace safety.
  4. Ensuring sustainable supply: Helping the seafood sector to responsibly source seafood in an increasingly competitive global market and ensuring business and consumer expectations on sustainability including human and animal welfare issues and the wider marine environment are met.
  5. Data, innovation and insight: Helping the sector access data, information and knowledge to ensure it is equipped to understand and respond innovatively to current challenges and opportunities.

Read our Corporate Plan for 2018-2021 to find out more about these priorities. Our 2022-2023 Annual Plan outlines our current work programme. 

Read our Annual Report for 2020-2021 to find out how we’re performing against these priorities. Older annual reports can be found on the Governance and Performance page.  

Who we are

We were set up by the Fisheries Act 1981 and our sponsor is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). We also work with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish devolved administrations.

We have around 100 staff across the UK with a range of fisheries and seafood knowledge and expertise. We have offices in Edinburgh and Grimsby. We have regional managers based near some of the main fishing and seafood hubs around the UK.

Our Executive Team leads our work and is overseen by the Seafish Board.

Our funding

Most of our funding comes from a levy on the first sale of seafood products in the UK. This includes imported seafood. Go to our Seafish Levy page to find out who pays the levy, which products are due levy and how to pay the levy.

We fund some projects with money from UK fisheries funding schemes.

Go to our Contact Us page to get in touch with us and find out how we can support you.