UK Fishing Fleet Survey
This page has information on:
- What is the Fleet Survey?
- What happens during the survey?
- How can I take part?
- Benchmarking reports for vessel owners
- Industry support
Field research for the 2022 fleet survey ran from July to September 2022. We are still accepting submissions by phone, email or post until 31 October 2022.
The fleet survey is a major piece of research into the health of the UK's fishing sector. It looks at the economic performance of the fleet itself and at the demographics of the people who work in fishing businesses. This allows us to better understand the social impact the industry has on coastal communities. The results of the survey help both industry and policy makers to understand the changing challenges and opportunities vessel owners and managers face, as well as the impact of fisheries management measures.
Creating an accurate picture of the industry relies on support and participation from skippers and vessel owners across the UK.
Our researchers visit ports and harbours across the UK to speak with vessel owners and skippers. They follow local guidance and health and safety protocols as they travel and meet with fishers.
The survey asks a series of questions about the financial and operational performance of fishing vessels questions about the demographics of the crew. It's an opportunity to build our understanding of how fishing businesses have fared in the last 12 months through challenges and changes.
All information shared with Seafish is always treated in the strictest confidence. No figures relating to any individual or specific vessel are revealed in any outputs.
Vessel owners interested in participating should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their:
- email and/or phone number
- port of operation
Our researchers will arrange to meet you in port or schedule a telephone or video call if that is more suitable.
Owners who provide their financial accounts can request a free financial performance benchmark report. The report compares their vessel’s economic performance to similar vessels which can help identify areas where business improvements can be made. They can also be used as evidence in grant or loan applications.
Various industry representatives from across the country have called on vessel owners to take part in the survey. Find out more, by accessing our YouTube videos on the links below.