Grimsby merchants called to seminars on modernisation and exports –

Grimsby merchants called to seminars on modernisation and exports Published:  20 October, 2009

GRIMSBY fish merchants are being called to a key seminar in the port this week to discuss their future accommodation needs in the light of new regulations and possible redevelopment plans.

Hosted by Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, a number of agencies will be on hand to offer advice. They include Associated British Ports, Seafish, the Yorkshire and Humber Seafood Group and the local council’s economic development department. The FMA said: ‘These agencies are there to help move your business into the future. A representative from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) is also expected to be on hand to advise on financial help.’

There are two schemes in the pipeline, both awaiting funding decisions. They include the further modernisation of Grimsby Fish Market – itself only ten years old – and a new on-dock seafood processing village.

Many merchants continue operate in the old part of the dock known as the ‘Casbah’ and food hygiene regulations will almost certainly dictate they are going to have to move at some time. More modern premises are already available both on and off the dock, although some would have to upgraded to food standard.

Meanwhile, the merchants are also being invited to another fishing seminar on the same day – to advise them on how to sell fish to France

Held at the Humber Seafood Institute and organised by Seafish, John Gleave from the British Consulate in Lille together with the French importers and distributor Gelfish will be on hand for advice.