Seafood Processing – Insight & Analysis

We collect data from UK seafood processors - including financial data and information on labour and recruitment – and produce reports and analysis available to industry. The results also inform the work we do to support the processing sector.

Processing Survey

Our 2020 processing survey began on 1 July, having been postponed for a few months due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We collect information from processing businesses each year to ensure that the scale and performance of the UK seafood processing sector are accurately measured. At this time of unprecedented challenges, it is more important than ever that we can put together an accurate picture of the sector.

View our leaflet which explains more about the survey including the data collection process, what the information is used for and the benefits of taking part. The revised timeline for the 2020 survey is:

  • July - August: Survey period
  • September – December: Data collation and analysis
  • January - February: Share results with industry and government

We plan to begin the 2021 processing survey in March 2021. 

Cutting Edge

Our flagship magazine Cutting Edge looks at the creative and innovative approaches seafood processing businesses across the UK are taking to address and overcome the challenges facing the sector and improve their business for the future.  

Featured in issue 1 are stories on expanding markets, resource efficiency, training opportunities and much, much more. 

Hard copies are available on request to

Seafood Processing Industry Performance Data 

The latest UK seafood processing industry performance statistics from our most recent surveys. This document includes data on the number, size and type of seafood processing sites in the UK alongside turnover, costs and profitability.

This report replaces our previous Seafood Processing Report.

Seafood Processing Enquiry Tool 

Your chance to get hands on with our seafood processing data. This tableau tool makes data available in a format that allows the user to easily create their own enquiries using various different filters.

Visit the Seafood Processing Enquiry Tool 

For more details, analysis or a tutorial on how to use the tool please contact

Seafood Processing Methodology Report 

The Seafood Processing Methodology Report is a short report describing the methods used to produce the seafood processing estimates used across Cutting Edge, our industry performance data and the enquiry tool. 

Processing Labour and Recruitment Reports

Ever changing UK and international legislation also means seafood businesses need to understand current employment law and the impact these changes can have on the available workforce.

We have a range of Processing Labour and Recruitment Reports and research available to provide industry and Government with relevant and practical advice to inform business and legislation decisions.

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