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Seafish News in Brief – February 2019

12 February 2019  |  Seafish News

Meet the new Head of International Trade & Regions

Dr Lynn Gilmore has been appointed as Head of International Trade and Regions, replacing Mal Large who has taken on the role of Director at Frozen At Sea Fillets Association (FASFA).

Lynn has worked at Seafish for nine years and was previously Regional Manager in Northern Ireland. She will take up the new position in early March. 

Welsh Funded Training Courses

Welsh fishermen have an opportunity to attend some basic training courses in March.

The courses in Basic Health & Safety, Safety Awareness, Elementary First Aid and Basic Firefighting are being held in Carmarthen week commencing Monday 18 March.

For more information or to book a place email or call 07802 647531. 

Wales now has the following Seafish approved training providers: NEAT Fishing College, Welsh Fishermen’s Association covering north Wales and Sea Sense Surveying Ltd covering south Wales. Find more information on training.

Fishing Industry Catch Certificate Update

Further detailed guidance on catch certificates in the event of a no deal Brexit have been published by Defra.

From 29 March, in the event of a no deal, most fish and fish products will require a catch certificate for import or export between the UK and EU. This also applies to fishermen who land fish directly into EU ports.

To plan ahead, businesses will need to know the species, vessel that caught it, date it was landed, and weight of consignment. Defra have issued a new update, which can be found here.

Find more information on our website. 

Biggest ever Seafood Ethics Common Language Group

The Seafood Ethics Common Language Group saw the biggest ever attendance at Fishmonger’s Hall last month.

There were some insightful presentations on collaboration and managing risk in seafood supply chains. View the presentations here.

The next SECLG will take place in London on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

Strategic Investment Programme Projects Update

A total of 15 projects which ran as part of the Seafish Strategic Investment Programme (SIP) during the Seafish Corporate Plan 2015-2018 have now been completed. 

The projects covered a variety of topics, relating to three corporate objectives from our Corporate Plan; Informing Decisions, Promoting Consumption and Enhancing Reputation.  

One of the projects also saw the publication of a scientific journal paper: The Demography and Reproduction of Commercially Exploited Crustaceans in UK Waters was sponsored by Seafish and Kilkeel Seafoods/Whitby Seafoods and carried out by Queens University Belfast (QUB). Read more on this project.

Email Bill Lart for more information on any of the projects.

Salon Culinaire

Students from colleges across the country came together for North Warwickshire and Hinkley College’s Salon Culinaire event at the end of last month.

With students from Level 1, 2 and 3 competing in 27 classes – this year’s event was one of the broadest to date. Expert judges from a variety of business areas and industry organisations helped to pick the very best from the tough competition.

Seafish Chef Ambassador, Rob Green attended the competition to cast an expert eye over preparation and creativity of the student’s scallop dishes and to assess their mackerel filleting skills.

Annual Financial Survey

At the end of this month Seafish Economics will carry out their annual financial survey of UK seafood processing companies. Following on from our recent Census, your financial data will allow us to analyse the economic performance  of the seafood processing industry with industry totals and aggregated results to be published in our revamped Seafood Processing Report due Autumn 2019. If you’d like any further information or wish to take part then please contact Kirsten Milliken via or on 0131 524 8668.

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