The 5th Iceland Responsible Fisheries Workshop and Promote Iceland was held on 21 September at the Embassy of Iceland and hosted by Ambassador Thordur Aegir Oskarsson.
Also present was Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Mr Sigurdur Ingi Jóhannsson
The Minister: Fisheries Management
Marine Research Institute: Marine research and status of fish stocks
Iceland Responsible Fisheries Foundation: IRFM Certification program and latest updates
It is very encouraging to see stock management working and the prospects for the next few years look very good.
With that in mind it is possible a trade mission organised by Seafood Grimsby & Humber will visit Iceland in early 2016.
Seafood Grimsby and Humber: this new organisation is growing in stature and rapidly becoming recognised as the Clarion of the Seafood Industry.
Seafood Grimsby & Humber (SGH) was launched as the Humber regional seafood cluster group and voice of the industry. SGH today represents a regional £2.5bn seafood sector involved in processing, catching, trading and export. In addition there is an international supply-chain associated with logistics, packaging, research, skills, marketing, engineering and various other touch points employing circa 8,000 people. The reach of the processing sector covers chilled and frozen seafood products in primary and secondary form supplying all the UK’s major retailers and food-service organisations. Its board consists of a broad representation of the regional seafood cluster and includes key stakeholders such a Young’s Seafood and Icelandic Seachill Group.
SGH vision is to champion the Grimsby and the wider Humber seafood processing cluster across the supply chain from mobile fishmongers to corporate giants. SGH Mission statement is: To develop and enhance the competitive performance, quality practices and global reputation of a sustainable Grimsby and wider Humber region seafood processing industry.
Co-ordination of industry activity across the cluster reducing duplication and ensuring effective engagement to protect the industry/sector and address key challenges.
Accountability and commitment to support the industry to meet its full capability and financial sustainability for both industry and members’ alike.
Collaboration with partners where the benefits to members are clearly defined.
Integrity in providing responsive services to meet industry needs.
Communications as the mouthpiece for the industry, providing clarity, frankness and advocacy.
SGH works in collaboration with the Seafish Industry Authority (SFIA) aligned to their Corporate Plan (CP) and in close partnership with SFIA’s England Key Account Management structure. Since its inception SGH and SFIA have a strong track-record of collaboration and has worked together with positive outputs.
From the outset the intention of SGH is to develop a membership organisation made up of Associate, International and Full Members. The benefits of membership will be linked to the programme of activity SGH and their Board will prescribe with a focus on:-
Industry competitiveness and efficiency
Promotions, marketing and communications
Supply trade and exports
Seafood Grimsby and Humber (SGH) - Vision for the future
“To champion the Grimsby and the wider Humber seafood processing cluster across the supply chain from mobile fishmongers to corporate giants”.
“To develop and enhance the competitive performance, quality practices and global reputation of a sustainable Grimsby and wider Humber region seafood processing industry”.
Recent events include a project for mobile fishmongers. The first stage was creating a guide to assist traders to answer queries from either customers or local government enforcement e.g. trading standards / environmental health.
This has been well received and the second phase will be to development a marketing strategy.
Many traders took advantage of the promotional packs from Seafish during Seafood Week 9 - 16 October.
The chairman and CEO visited Westminster in September to meet the Fisheries Minister and the chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee. The latter is prepared to undertake a study of the seafood industry reviewing the following:
Career options for young people
The aging workforce and potential skills deficit as well as a low wage economy
Effects of European legislation
Competitiveness and trade barriers.
The supplychain project is underway, a delegation from the Humber has accepted an invitation to visit Peterhead in November to discuss opportunities to source Scottish fish. This initiative is on the back of the recent announcements regarding an increase in north sea cod and haddock quota.
As more and more demolition takes place of the port estate members seeking to relocate should seriously consider The Seafood Village which has now achieved over 95% occupancy. We are pleased it is a success. The new training facility will be an asset and enable on-site training for tennants as well as attracting young people to consider a career in the seafood industry.
Businesses on the site include:
§ Chill Fresh Fish, a new business, is rapidly becoming established as a significant employer on the Seafood Village.
§ Cornwall Transport has invested heavily to provide a fully chilled Fish Reception area.
§ MW Seafood’s; business, is providing a service grading wholefish which is proving popular with processors wishing to refine current grades to quickly extract fillet sizes required for their business.
§ Sampac is providing packaging to local businesses and offers a first class service.
§ Offering a panoramic view of the Seafood Village and Humber Estuary, a large office is available which is ideal for a trading operation. This office is a blank canvas and is available for a rent free period of 6months in return for the occupier decorating and fitting out.
§ Processing units are available starting at £225 per week and are available on flexible terms; the tariffs for water and electricity are appreciably below those of ABP and for smaller business, shared occupancy is possible.
§ Grant funding for chillers, cold stores, door curtains etc of 40% and private funding of short term loans may be available to those wishing to establish a business or relocate – information on this can be obtained from:
Ivan Jaines-White, Commercial Manager, on 077 88 598661
The link below will give details of the extension of EFF/MMO grant funding.
If you are interested please contact Liz at Seafox details as below. Liz is an expert and will advise you accordingly
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