Industry invited to join a discussion on shaping the future of Seafish Published: 02 September, 2011
Seafish, the authority on seafood, has announced that it will be supporting Defra and the Devolved Fisheries Administrations in an open discussion about the future of Seafish, to run during autumn 2011.
Topics to be covered by this discussion will include: the core role and strategic objectives of Seafish; proposed models for the organisations future structure and funding and governance arrangements between Seafish, its Government sponsors and industry.
Dr Paul Williams, Seafish Chief Executive, said: We welcome the fact that Defra has initiated this discussion which offers an excellent opportunity for industry to get involved in shaping the future of Seafish. This process should ensure that Seafish continues to evolve and meet the needs of the modern seafood industry.
Despite being severely hampered by the recent court case*, we made real progress in our key themed areas of work in the last year, providing an estimated £4 million of value to industry.
With the court case now firmly behind us, we are focused on continuing to provide industry with tangible and real benefit for its investment in Seafish. We have recently announced £700,000 worth of funding through our Industry Project Fund which will support various projects across the spectrum of industry.
Our updated three-year plan will direct 60% of our income towards communications activities aimed at consumers and industry itself. Our consumer work will promote seafood as well as protecting the reputation of industry by highlighting good news stories and rebutting negative and harmful media. Our work with industry will allow sound business decisions to be made through the provision of up-to-date data and information in a variety of areas.
The four UK administrations have now published a review of Seafish which was carried out by Peter Cleasby and finalised in March 2010. This Cleasby Review was not published at the time given the legal challenge from Bloomsbury International Group. Although now slightly outdated, it will provide background information and stimulate constructive discussion on the future of Seafish during the coming months.
A series of industry discussion workshops will be held across the UK throughout October. Dates and venues will be confirmed by Seafish in early September.
*In June 2011, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in favour of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which confirmed the legal basis for Seafishs ongoing funding, via a levy collection from industry.