Seafood Horizons

Horizon scanning is a process of gathering, analysing and disseminating information to facilitate informed decision making and support long term strategic thinking. Through active horizon scanning, Seafish supports the seafood industry by generating a greater awareness of long term issues and a better understanding of their implications and the options for action.

Our horizon scanning work, which is overseen by an industry steering group, involves ongoing mapping of what could impact the seafood industry and carrying out deep reviews on priority issues.

Seafood industry issue mapping
We carry out regular reviews of what is going on globally to maintain live issue maps for the seafood industry. Issues are developments which can cause significant industry impact, with either positive or negative results, and can be identified as opportunities or threats.

These issues are mapped in ‘families’ which relate to broader challenges. They are also ‘heat-mapped' to take into account how likely each issue is to occur and allow us to record whether we are expecting a weak (green), medium (amber), or strong (red) signal for each issue over the next few years.

To identify the issues which are likely to be the most impactful, we ask industry operators and other stakeholders to review the strong issues and select priorities – the issues which represent a high impact for industry from their perspective. These priority issues are then placed under consideration for deep review.

The latest version of the seafood industry issue map is dated January 2019. For more information, contact Dr Angus Garrett. 

Priority issues in review
Our deep reviews (listed on the right) take an in-depth look at priority issues. We investigate the key drivers of an issue – including longer-term economic developments, trade developments, population developments, increased scrutiny, regulatory developments, and media influence. From this, we can identify the major industry impacts arising from it, taking into account the wider protein context, and suggest how industry can respond.

Note: These outputs combine data, opinions and conjecture and are position papers at time of publication. It is important to bear in mind that evidence today might suggest trends that turn out differently over the longer term.

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