Seafood 2040 - History and Purpose
In October 2015, a Task Force representing all sectors of the English seafood industry was established at the request of George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
The group looked at the challenges and opportunities facing the industry and created a long-term plan that would support England’s seafood industry toward a sustainable and thriving industry by 2040. There are 25 recommendations to help create a thriving English seafood industry.
Seafood 2040 - Structure and Governance
Management and promotion of the 25 recommendations are provided by the Seafood Industry Leadership Group (SILG), Neil Auchterlonie, chairman, and Kimberly Cullen, Project Manager.
The SILG represents all English seafood sectors. It leads and supports the work of the Seafood 2040 Strategic Framework for England (SF2040) and holds all partners to account for its delivery.
Seafood 2040 - A Strategic Framework for England
The seafood supply chain in England is working together to create a sustainable and thriving future. This is through an ambitious plan called Seafood 2040 - A Strategic Framework for England (SF2040). The framework can be downloaded from the link below.
The framework sets out a vision for the seafood supply chain. It identifies how industry can increase the amount of seafood for consumers, should the population increase their consumption and eat the recommended two servings of seafood per week. All while ensuring sustainability in wild caught and aquaculture sectors.
Revised Seafood 2040 recommendations for 2021 and beyond
Please note the 25 recommendations were refreshed during the 2020 / 21 FY to ensure the programme continued to provide a meaningful service to both government and the English seafood industry. Consultations were held with various government departments such as Defra and DIT as well as industry members and the SF2040 SILG and ALG governance committees to discuss the priorities for English seafood.
As a result, there are now 19 recommendations for action to be progressed by the SF2040 programme in partnership with government and industry to ensure a thriving and sustainable English seafood future. The revised recommendations can be downloaded from the following link below.
English Aquaculture Strategy
The Seafood 2040 programme published a strategy in November 2020 for the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in England over the next 20 years.
The development of this aquaculture strategy was one of the recommendations in the Seafood 2040 Strategic Framework for England. The Strategy aims to help the sector overcome ongoing challenges and take advantage of opportunities for sustainable growth and is a first-step towards a thriving English aquaculture sector.
Follow the link below for information on the English Aquaculture Strategy from Seafood 2040.
SF2040 is a programme facilitated by Seafish, funded by the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and supported by Defra and England’s seafood industry.
Much of the work requires delivering the 25 recommendations designed to move England toward a thriving seafood industry from sea to plate. Some of the recommendations require further funding in order to be achieved.
As a result, SF2040 secured EMFF funding in 2019 and 2020 to achieve Recommendation 6: Review the impacts of a population shift to 2 a week seafood consumption to better quantify the socioeconomic impacts of improved health and Recommendation 16: The identification of the issues, gaps, and solutions in skills, training, recruitment and retention across England’s seafood industry.
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Seafood 2040 Programme Annual Reports
The primary task for the first year was to turn the strategic framework with 25 recommendations from a document into an active reality and to generate awareness of and interest in the programme. The annual report covers progress against two goals determined by Seafood 2040 and how the programme is being taken forward.
In the Seafood 2040 Annual Report for Year 1, six ambitions were presented for the second year of the programme. The Annual Report for Year 2, details progress toward the achievement of those ambitions.
Seafish England Team
The Seafish England team support the work of SF2040 by assisting in the delivery of projects and activities. Work includes sharing and exchanging information and working to increase seafood consumption.
For further information, please visit the Seafish England page.