Grimsby moves to beat filleting skills shortage –

Grimsby moves to beat filleting skills shortage Published:  16 August, 2010

A NEW move to counter the growing shortage of traditional fish handling skills, including fish filleting, is due to get under way in Grimsby later this year.

The Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, along with the Humber Seafood Institute and the Grimsby Institute of Further Education, recently submitted an application for a grant to fund a six month pilot course for filleting and fish mongering.

FMA chief executive Steve Norton said: “I am pleased to report that our application was successful and will commence recruitment in the next few weeks.”

Steve told Fishupdate: “I am looking to the future. We do receive reports of shortages of filleters from time to time, but it usually depends on which company you talk to and how busy trade is.”However, we have not formally trained new filleters for some time and the age profile of our members is increasing. This means that in the next few years a lot of traditional fish workers are going to be retiring. It is important that we have younger people coming along to replace them, especially if Grimsby is to retain its position as Britain’s leading seafood handling centre.”

Steve said he had been working on the training project for some time and felt it was important that whatever was proposed was the right one for the industry. Three years ago, in conjunction with the Yorkshire and Humber Seafood Group, he launched the White Fish Code of Practice for fish processors in a move to improve standards. This latest development, he added, was a continuation of that trainng process. He was also pleased that the Humber Seafood Institute was involved.