BREXIT and its potential impact on the UK seafood industry will take centre stage at the 2016 Humber Seafood Summit in September with a special panel discussion concentrating on the impact of the EU referendum and likely outcomes of the vote’s result.
The event poses the question for discussion: ‘Following Brexit, how does the UK seafood industry unite to get the best for our industry?’
Representatives from every sector of the UK seafood industry will take part in an hour-long special discussion which will be chaired by Seafish chief executive Marcus Coleman.
The Humber Seafood Summit is drawing interest from key people in the importers and distributors, processors, foodservice and retail sectors of the UK seafood industry and brings together a panel of respected industry and national government speakers and delegates from the UK and further afield.
The three key themes for the Humber Seafood Summit are the seafood consumer, aquaculture and trade.
Discussions will include consumer trends, aquaculture developments, seafood trade, supply chain development, product integrity, reputation and global outlooks.
The Brexit discussion has been added to the agenda as a result of the decision made by the majority of the British public to leave the European Union.
The event is organised and co-ordinated by Seafish in association with key stakeholders in the Humber area, around the UK and globally.
Event organiser Julie Snowden said: ‘The Humber Seafood Summit is an excellent opportunity for everyone involved and interested in the industry to share ideas and hear from fellow experts.
‘Brexit is clearly a crucial subject and we decided that it was important that the issue was discussed at the summit. We will have representatives from all areas of the industry on the panel and it will no doubt be a very interesting discussion.’
Registration is now available to attend the summit. A Seafood Fayre evening networking event will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at the Humber Royal, Grimsby, with the Humber Seafood Summit taking place on Wednesday, September 28 between 8.30am and 4pm at the Pier, Cleethorpes.
The summit has drawn together four key speakers from the aquaculture sector. Scott Nicholls, founder and principal pf Foods Future LLC will explain why aquaculture is so important in helping to feed the word.
Jonathan Shepherd, an industry board member from Seafish will discuss the blue revolution” in fish farming.
Dr Grant Stentiford, a director of CEFAS, is due to discuss the shared responsibility between producers and consumer nations is helping to secure a global aquatic food supply, while Mel Groundsell, corporate relations director at Seafish will ask the question: ‘What does the consumer really think about farmed fish?’