Humber Seafood Summit

The Humber Seafood Summit

This event will be held on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 and is organised and co-ordinated by Seafish in association with key stakeholders in the Humber area, around the UK and globally. The event draws interest from key people in the distributors, processors, foodservice and retail sector of the UK seafood industry.

  • Three key themes for 2016: the seafood consumer, aquaculture and trade.
  • The event brings together a panel of respected industry and national Government speakers and delegates from across Europe and further afield.
  • Discussions include retail and foodservice trends, aquaculture developments, seafood trade, supply chain development, product integrity and reputation, and global outlooks.
  • Invaluable business networking opportunities.
  • An evening event on Tuesday, 27 September includes a Seafood Fayre, showcasing seafood from around the UK and local produce within Lincolnshire.
  • Guest  and keynote speakers who will enhance the topics and themes of the summit.
  • Venue: Evening networking event on Tuesday, 27 September at 7pm with Seafood Fayre will be held at The Humber Royal Hotel, Grimsby.
    The conference will be held on Wednesday, 28 September 8.30am - 4pm will be held at The Pier, Cleethorpes.
    Contact: Julie Snowden - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it mobile: 07876035736.


    British Craftmanship Competition

    64th British Craftsmanship Competition

    The 2016 National Federation of Fish Mongers Craftsmanship Competition will be held in Cleethorpes over the August Bank holiday weekend.

    This is a unique event that attracts a wide cross section of the industry and is a great opportunity to showcase the industry to the public. The Federation of Fishmongers is looking for local sponsors.

    For further information and full details of how to enter or become a sponsor please contact Caroline Hooper, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


    Seafish Traineeships


    Fish and Shellfish Traineeships for Grimsby the Humber and beyond.

    Traineeships are new, funded short programmes that help 16-24-year-old trainees prepare for work  and gain employment in the fish merchanting/processing, or mongering sectors in England.

    Seafish working with Apprenticeship Providers to pilot these traineeships in key areas in England, including Grimsby and the Humber.

    You are invited to a meeting of employers to discuss traineeships and how the pilot will be carried out. If you wish to participate the meeting is hosted by Seafish and Seafood Grimsby and Humber on Thursday 28th January at the Humber Seafood Institute, Europarc, Grimsby, at 10.00hrs.

    If you are interested in finding out more, attending the meeting and perhaps participating in the pilot can you please contact Lee Cooper, Head of Seafish Onshore Training, Seafish, t: 01482 486482 m: 0787 603 5768 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


    Industry Grants New EMFF Grant


    On 18 January 2016 the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) opened the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in England.

    The scheme brings much needed benefits to the fisheries and aquaculture sectors as well as coastal communities. Key areas of focus for the funding are to help the fishing industry to adapt to the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) as well as supporting the competitiveness of the sector.

    Applications for funding are initially sought for: support with elements of CFP reform, improving health and safety on vessels, enhancing the quality or value of catch, investing in port and harbour infrastructure such as ports/auction halls/shelters, the processing of seafood and aquaculture products and general investments in aquaculture.

    The scheme will open for other measures later this year but these initial areas cover over €33m of EMFF funding which is being made available.

    The MMO have made significant efforts to ensure support is in place for scheme users including a new e-application system, redesigned website and dedicated customer helplines.

    We have asked Seafish to facilitate a series of workshops whereby interested applicants can receive advice on the application process.


    Locally we recommend Seafox who have an excellent track record in securing grant funding for all types of projects.

    Forfurther information please contact:

    Liz Baghurst

    Director of Funding and Grants

    Seafox Management Consultants Ltd.

    Office: Humber Seafood Institute, Origin Way, Europarc, Grimsby, DN37 9TZ, United Kingdom

    Tel:  +44 1472 361623

    Mob: +44 7817 471 525

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    Anglo Icelandic Relationships

    Together with Ambassador Thordur Aegir Oskarsson we are drawing up an itinerary for a visit from the Icelandc Foreign Minister in March, date tbc.


    Following the visit a trade mission organised by Seafood Grimsby & Humber will visit Iceland to restablish the Humber's credentials as a centre of excellence for seafood processing and indentify new supply opportunities.










    Annual General Meeting

    The Association held its 104th AGM on 26 November apart from the statuary business the following was discussed:

    Seafood Grimsby and Humber / FMA members’ survey and Grimsby Fishing Vessel Owners Association survey.

    Both organisations had been surveyed. Positive outcomes include:-

    • further collaboration between the two organisation
    • A need to keep the fish market but a recognition it has to be more competitive and not increase charges.
    • Support for regional representation via Seafood Grimsby & Humber, a positive sign for devolution.

    Other matters:-

    Fuel Surcharge. The surcharge is unregulated therefore allowing transport companies to levy what they like. There are examples of profiteering. The FMA is pressing for government intervention via a select committee. The ideal outcome would be an open and transparent method of calculation.

    EMFF – the new fund will be launched in January 2016 and members are encouraged to apply.



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