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Seafish Fleet Economic Performance Dataset 2008-2018 (Excel Tables) - March 2019 Edition

The Seafish fleet economic performance dataset contains financial, economic and operation performance indicators for the period 2008-18. The dataset covers approximately 30 Seafish defined fleet segments and has been produced by combining a sample of costs and earnings data from vessel accounts with official effort, landings and capacity data for all active UK fishing vessels. Version updated for March 2019.

April 2019

Tuna Market Insight Factsheet (2018)

This factsheet provides an overview of the market performance of tuna. Where possible it provides a summary of the UK value chain for tuna examining the detail behind its overall performance in supply (imports / exports), retail and foodservice.

April 2019

Fact Sheet: Social responsibility in seafood - Seafish role. April 2019.

Social responsibility is paramount to Seafish and to the entire seafood industry. The definition of social responsibility is the idea that businesses balance proft-making activities with activities that benefit society; it involves developing businesses with a positive relationship to the society in which they operate. This factsheet provides an overview of the work Seafish is doing to help the seafood industry address issues relating to labour and worker welfare including: outreach activities; forming the Seafood Ethics Common Language Group; assessing ethical issues in the UK seafood supply chain; supporting seafood businesses to comply with UK Modern Slavery legislation; developing Tools for Ethical Seafood Sourcing (TESS) to signpost businesses to resources that can support them in addressing ethical issues in their supply chain; and developing the voluntary Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) and Responsible Fishing Ports Schemes (RFPS).

April 2019

UK international seafood trade (EU and non-EU trade)

This note provides a high level summary of UK international seafood trade. It describes the main types of trade, UK export and import profile and key seafood trades.

March 2019

UK shellfish – regional profile and current trade arrangements (including live trade)

This note provides a description of UK shellfish production. It provides a summary of sites, employment, trades and end markets. Regional profiles are provided.

March 2019

UK shellfish export supply chains for scallops, Nephrops, brown crab and blue mussels

This note provides a description of the current supply chain arrangement for UK exports of selected shellfish. It provides a summary of the main stages of export supply, from source to market, together with supply chain characteristics.

March 2019

UK export trade and markets for selected shellfish species

This note provides a summary of UK export trade for selected shellfish species. It describes trade volume and value, the main market destinations and trends over time.

March 2019

Trade conditions relating to UK international seafood trade

This note provides a summary of trade conditions relating to UK international seafood trade. Many of these conditions are in place due to international agreements, others due to UK membership of the EU. The note covers trade tariffs, non-tariff measures, and enforcement arrangements.

March 2019

UK-EU seafood trade under World Trade Organisation conditions

This note provides a description of World Trade Organisation (WTO) trade conditions, which has been highlighted as a potential trading situation for the UK under a no deal EU exit.

March 2019

UK-EU seafood trade under WTO conditions: trade tariffs, non-tariff measures, and additional enforcement for exporters of selected shellfish species

This note provides a summary of some of the trade changes shellfish exporters can expect to face when trading with the EU under WTO conditions. This note concerns the export of scallops, Nephrops, brown crab, and blue mussels.

March 2019

Non-tariff measures relevant to seafood with examples

This note provides a description of non-tariff measures relevant to seafood. Measures most pertinent to seafood are provided, with examples.

March 2019

Enforcement authorities relevant to UK-EU trade: Competent authorities responsible for the enforcement of veterinary and IUU controls on seafood trade with the UK, and with seafood trade in the EU

This note provides a list of competent authorities responsible for the enforcement of veterinary and IUU controls on seafood trade with the UK, and with seafood trade in the EU.

March 2019

Near and longer term developments in trade orientation and implications

Near and longer term developments in trade orientation and implications

March 2019

Non-tariff measures and enforcement in UK-EU export supply chains – shellfish

March 2019

Non-tariff measures and enforcement in UK-EU export supply chains – shellfish

This note describes the non-tariff measures, and their enforcement, at different stages of the supply chain for UK shellfish exports. Illustrations are provided for those exporting aquaculture products and those exporting wild caught seafood from the UK (as a non-EU country) to the EU.

March 2019

UK seafood industry response to WTO conditions – UK shellfish exporters and others

This note provides a summary of potential responses shellfish exporters and others can take in response to WTO conditions. This is based on desk research and consultation with 16 UK shellfish exporters during October-December 2018.

March 2019

Careers: Attracting Young People To The Seafood Sector

Talent is vital for the future.

March 2019

Seafish Economic Analysis: UK king scallop dredging sector 2008 - 2017, final 2017 data

In 2015 the Scallop Industry Consultation Group (SICG) raised concerns over declining profits in ICES area 7 (including the English Channel and Irish Sea). In response to these concerns Seafish was asked to conduct an economic analysis of king scallop dredge vessels. This slide deck provides an update on the last report and illustrates the economic and operational performance of UK vessels dependent on king scallops in 2008-2017

March 2019

Protein consumption and recent trends

In recent years, there has been a shift towards more meat free diets, vegetarianism and veganism. The recent rise in popularity of lifestyle dietary changes is driven by perceived health benefits as well as by ethical concerns. Shoppers are still buying meat and fish; more units of meat and fish were purchased in 2018 compared with 2017, however the total volume of fish purchased declined. The servings of protein in foodservice increased over the same timeframe. As the dietary trends are driven by younger consumers, it remains to be seen how and to what extent they will impact on purchases of meat and fish in future. However, the reasons for dietary changes should not be underestimated; the food industry will increasingly be expected to accommodate ethical concerns and offer alternative protein choices. This factsheet aims to provide an overview of the current data for protein consumption and sales of meat and fish in the UK and, whether UK consumers are really changing their protein consumption habits

March 2019

Software tools for electronic reporting, fishery management and traceability

March 2019

Prawn and Shrimp Factsheet

*In 2017 UK imports of prawn and shrimp were predominantly from India. Most exports of prawn and shrimp from the UK went to the Irish Republic. Over half of prawns and shrimp are traded in the frozen format with 0.1% of the total volume of species landed into the UK by UK vessels were shrimps and prawns (mainly brown shrimp). Over the 52 weeks ending 26th January 2019, UK shoppers purchased just over 39,171 tonnes of prawn and shrimp equating to a retail value of £526.2m. By volume, WW prawns were the 6th bestselling species across all the seafood species. CW prawns were 10th, with shrimps 30th. Older, more affluent couples are more likely to purchase prawns and shrimps in retail. 60.7% of the total prawn and shrimp value sales are from warm water prawns, 37.5% of share is from cold water prawns and 1.8% are shrimps. Prawns and shrimps were the top seafood species listed on menus for small plate dishes and featured in many popular on trend dishes such as breaded, tempura and linguine.

March 2019

SFIN 19 - Bilge pumping systems

Seafish Information Note 19 - Bilge pumping systems.

February 2019

2018 Employment in the UK Fishing Fleet

This report describes the findings of the 2018 Seafish survey of employment in the UK fishing fleet, presenting a snapshot of employment in the fishing fleet as of summer 2018. The data presented in the report focus on the sample collected only.

February 2019

Good manufacturing practice guidelines - Live bivalves workbook

Seafish have produced this workbook to assist live bivalve shellfish operators in producing a high quality, safer live bivalve in compliance with legal obligations. It is designed to be used in the production environment, onboard the harvesting vessel or foreshore. Whilst these guidelines contain helpful technical information some of the legislative content may now be out of date.

January 2019

Introduction to Resource and Waste Management

To raise their awareness on how to reduce waste and improve resource management we have produced introductory guidance primarily aimed at smaller processing businesses in Scotland. This guidance serves as an introduction to these issues highlighting current legislation and government strategy. It outlines simple steps processors can take to get started in better resource management and waste reduction. It also offers further guidance and signposting for businesses wishing to seek expertise and support from dedicated Scottish agencies.

January 2019