Green organisations fact finding in North-east – Fishupdate.com

Green organisations fact finding in North-east Published:  23 November, 2007

Also included was a seafood supper using fresh supplies from Ocean Venture (pictured) and Amity

AS part of an ongoing initiative to improve links and understanding with green organisations, Seafood Scotland (SFS) organised a visit this week to the North-east industry, for representatives of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Seafood Choices Alliance.

They were joined by Michelin starred chef, Tom Aikens from London, who is a keen promoter of sustainable seafood.

The trip included meetings with fishermen, visits to Macduff Shellfish, Lunar and Andrew Charles’ processing units, a guided tour of Peterhead fish market, and a welcome onboard pelagic, whitefish and shellfish vessels. Also included was a seafood supper using fresh supplies from Ocean Venture and Amity, to which half a dozen fishermen were invited.

“The aim of this visit was to cement existing relationships and open new opportunities for cooperation and discussion, and it achieved that very well,” explains SFS CEO Libby Woodhatch.

“The whole visit was fascinating and enabled us to see the huge efforts put in by everyone in the supply chain to ensure that fish is responsibly fished and of the highest quality. I will definitely be getting in touch with some of the fishermen I met to discuss fresh supply,” informs Tom Aikens.

Emily Howgate of Seafood Choices Alliance also found the trip worthwhile. “This was a really useful way to improve communication between the sectors and I congratulate Seafood Scotland on their initiative,” she says. “We were particularly pleased to see the work that is being done to identify skates and rays to make sure that endangered species are not caught and landed.”

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