Seafish, the group supporting the U.K.’s seafood industry, is headed in a new strategic direction with the creation of three industry-focused panels that will advise the organization over the next year. The change is a result of industry requests to make Seafish’ work involving levy allocation more transparent.
The panels, Import and Processors, Domestic and Export, Supply Chain and Consumer, consist of a chair and affiliated industry members. Projects and initiatives will be reviewed by these panels in the future. A full list of panel members and chairs can be found at www.seafish.org.
"Each sector panel has a range of skills and expertise that is representative of the U.K. seafood commercial fishing and sectors. We dedicated some considerable time to reviewing the applications for the panels, and in putting in place a sound structure that will allow us to deliver on our commitment to continue supporting the industry for a profitable and sustainable future. On behalf of Seafish, I welcome the panel chairs and members to the organisation, and look forward to working closely with them to achieve our key objectives," said Dr. Paul Williams, CEO of Seafish.
"It is clear that Seafish has taken on board the comments from the industry and have restructured to bring about a more open, inclusive and collaborative approach to the future. The June panel meetings presented the first opportunity for industry to have a have an input to work plans at this early stage, and it was great to work with industry peers, roll our sleeves up and work together on shaping the work that Seafish will deliver. Seafish plays a key role in supporting the industry and there was a clear message last year that Seafish is needed but we need them to change — I am pleased to see that Seafish are clearly changing," said Mike Mitchell, technical and CSR director, Youngs Seafood Ltd.