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Seafish News in Brief - June 2019

12 June 2019  |  Seafish News

Who will be crowned UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year?

Nine teams of two will battle it out in front of judges at the final which will be held at the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education on 14 June.

The 2019 UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition, sponsored by Seafish and run by The Grimsby Institute, offers participants a chance to demonstrate their flair and skills using sustainable seafood.

The teams battling it out are: Coleg Llandrillo, Salford College, University College Birmingham, Sunderland College, Newcastle College, Kendal College, North Hertfordshire College, University of the West of London, and Eastleigh College.

This year’s final judging panel includes Daniel Clifford, chef patron of two Michelin starred Midsummer House restaurant.

For more visit the website.

Fish & Ships Festival Success

The Fish & Ships Festival, Whitby was hailed a success.

Whitby’s Fishing Heritage was celebrated in this free festival by Discover Yorkshire in association with Seafish.

Visitors enjoyed behind the scenes at Parkol Marine Engineering to see a fishing trawler being built; and many were inspired in the seafood kitchen theatre with celebrity chefs Brian Turner, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Rob Green, Seafish Chef Ambassador.

Watch the festival highlights in this video.

Fishing News Award Lifetime Achievement Win for Seafish

Seafish’s Gear Technologist Mike Montgomerie won the Lifetime Achievement award at the Fishing News Awards Ceremony in May.

He overcame competition from three other strong contenders to take home the award, which is decided by a panel of industry judges and awarded to ‘an individual who, throughout their career, has been a true champion of UK or Irish commercial fishing’.

Mike started his career as a fishermen, a job he held for over 20 years, during which time he was a shareholder on the whitefish trawler Sparkling Star BCK 264. He joined Seafish as a Gear Technologist in 1997 and since then has devoted his life to sharing his extensive knowledge with the industry he loves.

Want to know more about the Seafood Innovations Fund?

Calls for out the box ideas from across the seafood sector will be requested later this summer as part of the UK government’s Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF).

This three year £10 million research and development fund will focus on investing in innovative R&D that helps improve both the environmental sustainability and the productivity of the fishing and aquaculture industries.

The programme is being administered by Cefas on behalf of Defra. A Steering Group is currently being established.

For more information email

Welsh PFDs

More commercial fishermen in Wales have received life saving flotation equipment to help make the fishing industry safer.

Seafish has been delighted to support an industry-led Welsh Fishing Safety Committee (WFSC) project, which has seen grant-aided Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) with integrated Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) distributed to over 90% of the active fishing fleet in Wales.

The project offered owners of active commercial fishing vessels in Wales the opportunity to purchase this vital safety equipment at a heavily discounted rate of £15, instead of the usual price of more than £350. This discount was made possible thanks to funding received from the maritime charity Seafarer's UK and the Welsh Government. 

International Fisheries Agreements

When the UK leaves the EU, it will need to negotiate International Fisheries Agreements with international partners, such as the EU and Norway. This will bring people into the realm of international negotiations either for the first time or in a new way, with a new bargaining power.

To help prepare for this, we recently brought industry, government and academia together at a special workshop which explored how game theory – the study of strategic interaction between decision makers – might impact on future negotiations, as well as looking at the economic and legal landscapes in which the UK will find itself operating.

A video in which a few of the participants share their thoughts on the workshop and what they learned from the day will be uploaded shortly.

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