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Seafish News in Brief - February 2020

07 February 2020  |  Seafish News

New fishing gear specialist appointed

A trawlerman with 31 years fishing experience has been appointed as our new fishing gear specialist. David Warwick will take on the role and build on the work of Mike Montgomerie, who retired in December after 22 years in the job. David is looking forward to delivering training courses at the Hirtshals Tank in Denmark, carrying out more gear trials and improving selectivity of gear.

For further information visit the Seafish Gear Database or contact David by email on

Latest Kingfisher KIS-ORCA and FishSAFE data updates released

The Kingfisher team from Seafish has released the latest updates of FishSAFE and KIS-ORCA datasets. These valuable navigation resources for fishermen contain important updates on fishing plotter files, charts and website maps of all UK oil and gas structures and energy and subsea cables in Northern Europe. The data sets can be downloaded directly from KIS-ORCA and FishSAFE and are also being supplied directly to fishermen on USB cards via the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations. 

For further information read this news article or contact Matthew Frow, Kingfisher Information Manager, on

UK Seafood Innovation Fund Open for Applications

The second round of the UK Seafood Innovation Fund is currently open for applications. The fund - which is administered by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science - was set up to support the UK’s fishing, aquaculture and seafood industries to deliver cutting-edge technology and innovation. Interested collaborators can bid for funding of up to £50,000 for feasibility studies, or up to £250,000 for full R&D projects.

The deadline for applications in this funding round is Thursday 20 April 2020. For further information on how to apply visit the UK Seafood Innovation Fund website.

Limited funding available for seafood skills training in Scotland 

The Scottish Seafood Training Network has secured funding to support seafood skills training delivered in March 2020. The funding allows seafood businesses to claim 50% of the cost towards a range of eligible skills-based courses. 

To apply for funding employers should download an expression of interest form from the Seafood Training Academy website and return it to Donna Fordyce at Seafood Scotland on

Scottish Colleges receive master classes

Scottish catering students are benefitting from a series of seafood masterclasses to educate them in local seafood. Last month students at NESCol’s Fraserburgh campus took part in the first of a two stage Masterclass in the preparation and cooking of fish. Other Scottish colleges taking part in the pilot project are City of Glasgow College, Aberdeen College and Fraserburgh College.

Further classes will be delivered during February and March and at the end of the course all students will receive a Seafish Certificate of Competence. For more information contact Ian Land by email

Seafood 2040 Survey

The Seafood 2040 Strategic Framework for England is seeking the seafood industry’s thoughts on labour market patterns, training and career planning in order to ensure industry has the right tools to prosper and retain talent. With EMFF funding it is carrying out research to identify the issues, gaps and solutions in skills, training, recruitment and retention in the fishing, aquaculture, processing, fishmonger (supermarkets and independents) and fish fryer sectors. 

Interested companies or individuals will be asked to complete an online survey specific to their sector. A small sample will also be asked to further participate in workshops in the Southwest, Southeast/London and Yorkshire/Lincolnshire and/or a one-to-one telephone interview. 

To participate in the survey contact Kimberly Cullen on

Aquaculture Training Review

Seafish recently commissioned a Review of Practical, Operational Aquaculture Training across the UK. The purpose of the review was to understand the sector’s training needs, and assess the availability and current provision of training as well as help inform plans for training and guidance to support good occupational health and safety practices for UK aquaculture businesses.

To find out more visit our Careers and Training in Aquaculture webpage.


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