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


Humber Seafood Summit

The Humber Seafood Summit


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

Three main themes for 2016: the seafood consumer, aquaculture and trade.

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 at the Humber Royal on Tuesday, 27 September includes a Seafood Fayre, showcasing seafood from around the UK and local produce within Lincolnshire.

Guest and keynote speakers (to be confirmed) who will enhance the topics and themes of the summit.

The conference will be held on Wednesday, 28 September 8.30am - 4pm will be held at The Pier, Cleethorpes.
For registration or more event information, please contact: Julie Snowden - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Association / Fish Market


Last year's Seafood Grimsby and Humber / FMA members’ survey and Grimsby Fishing Vessel Owners Association survey was timely.

Whilst there was some differences, one thing the both agreed on was the importance of the fish market, but a recognition it has to be more competitive and not increase charges.

Furthermore, both organisations will continue to work together for the good ofthe industry.

Recently the fish market management have undertaken a review of their business. Its no secret that volume has dropped, the majority of the fish is sold on a Monday / Tuesday. Therefore and with regret redundancies are takeing place.

A meeting of key market useres is scheduled for 14 April where, amongest other things they will be asked what they want.

Its imperative a market is retained but it has to be competitive and attractive. The dynamic of fish purchasing has changed significantly, more processors are buying direct. But, there is still a need for an auction market.

The FMA would like to see a new organisation, less shareholders, a new board and have more say in the day-to-day running.



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


Iceland – Political Changing of the Guard

Iceland has a new fisheries minister, 47-year-old Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, who was previously the country's foreign minister.

 He succeeds Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson who has become prime minister in the wake of the Panama papers scandal which forced the resignation of Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson as Iceland's  Premier last week.

 However, Mr Sveinsson's fishing credentials are not immediately obvious.  He studied economics and sociology at the University of Iceland and was editor of a regional newspaper in northwest Iceland for a couple of years in the early 1990s. First elected to Parliament in the 2009 general election, he is leader of the Icelandic Progressive Party in the north-west region.

He said his time as foreign minister had developed and changed his view on some issues, but was now  looking forward to his new post as fisheries minister, which also includes agriculture. The industry employs about 9,000 people, about 4,900 in actual fishing and 4,200 in fish processing. But a further 25,000 people are working in fish related support sectors. The industry contributes almost 30 per cent to Iceland’s GDP.











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