Seafood processing sector survey

We collect information from seafood processing businesses in the UK each year. This page explains how businesses can take part in regular surveys.

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.

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. 

Why participate in the survey? 


As the UK’s relationship with the EU changes, the seafood processing sector faces potential challenges and opportunities

• changes to the regulatory landscape

• new trading relationships, immigration policy
and workforce availability

At a time of change it is important for industry and government to have accurate, up-to-date information about the financial performance and socio-economic importance of the sector, in terms of jobs and Gross Value Added (GVA).

The more data that businesses can provide themore accurately the sector will be represented in our industry estimates. 

The survey data also informs all the other work we do for the sector. It provides an opportunity for you to feedback on further support or resources that could help your business.

How will my data be used? 

Some recent examples of how your data has been used after previous surveys includes :

  • Demonstrating local jobs supported by the sector to schools to help attract new entrants. 
  • Identifying how businesses are likely to be affected by Brexit and providing relevant support and guidance on importing and exporting. 
  • Evidencing sector reliance on EU labour to government, influencing new migration policy.
  • Providing evidence to government and local councils on low industry margins, proportionately high energy costs, and regional discrepancies in business rates. This demonstrates the need for business cost relief. 

What does the survey involve?

A five minute phone call followed by a short online survey to make sure we have accurate and up-to-date data.


We will ask you about:
• main activities of your business
• species you process
• size and make-up of your workforce
• accounts information to supplement publicly
available data

Get in touch

If you have questions about the survey or enquiries about how industry estimates could be
used to support your business please email processingenquiries@seafish.co.uk