Seafish fleet survey team hit the road –

Seafish fleet survey team hit the road Published:  15 June, 2007

Mike Park

THE Seafish Fleet Economics report is to be produced annually and staff from the Seafish Economics team are gearing up to meet vessel owners around the UK.

Reinforcements have been brought in for the next nine weeks to help interview skippers and owners from every region of the UK for the economic survey. The survey got off to a flying start at Fishing 2007 in Glasgow where skippers from around the UK completed the one page questionnaire and gave permission for their vessel accounts to be included in the research.

Project manager John Anderson of Seafish Economics said: “We have had really positive feedback from skippers about the 2005 fleet report and how useful it is for comparing your vessel earnings, costs and profit to the average figures for your fleet segment.”

Mike Park,Executive Chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association added: “We would urge skippers to support this survey because the industry is in the process of developing long term management policies, which take account of socio economics; the information which Seafish provide by-way-of this report helps fill the knowledge gap.

“The UK fishing industry is smaller in size and professional in approach which makes me confident that most if not all of the owners will respond in a positive manner.”

Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermens’ Oranisations also urged participation and said: “It is quite clear that economic thinking is now playing a much bigger role in the CFP and this Seafish work is vital in demonstrating the economic realities of operating vessels of all sizes.”

To ensure that you take part, or to order a copy of the 2005 report, please contact John Anderson on 0131 524 8662, or Kate Graham on 0131 524 8661. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.