Seafish strategic review enters final week

Published on
August 17, 2021
Seafish Chief Executive Marcus Coleman is overseeing a strategic review of the public group, which exists to support the U.K. seafood industry.

U.K. seafood companies and stakeholders have until midnight on Friday, 20 August, to share their views on the future work undertaken by seafood public body Seafish.

Open since 12 July, an online survey has gathered responses from the industry regarding their opinions on Seafish’s future work and its funding. Responses from the consultation will be drawn together and a report with recommendations submitted to the U.K. government by the Seafish board at the end of the year. Seafish has been working with the government to ensure that the strategic review process is fair and transparent.

“This strategic review is about trying to strengthen our offering and ensure we are doing what the industry need us to do. However, we are working within a levy system from the last century which doesn’t reflect the seafood industry today. If the industry and government want us to do more, then we need to look at how we make that happen,” Seafish Chief Executive Marcus Coleman said. “The industry consultation is a vital part of this review. We’d urge anyone with an interest in the U.K. seafood industry and the work that we do to complete the survey before Friday. Don’t miss your chance to shape our future.”

Set up by the Fisheries Act of 1981, Seafish is currently funded by a levy on the first sale of seafood in the United Kingdom. The levy system was last updated in 1999.

As a public body, Seafish is obligated to carry out strategic reviews from time to time. The current review started in late 2020.

Photo courtesy of Seafish

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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