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Seafood Alliance breaks new ground with UK Seafood De-carbonisation initiative

April 21, 2023

Grimsby headquartered Seafood Grimsby & Humber Alliance held its inaugural seafood de-carbonisation workshop in London on Tuesday 18th April. Hosted by The Fishmongers' Company, the workshop was attended by the UK's major retailers, food service providers, and seafood processors.

Facilitated by The Fishmongers' Company Court Member and carbon industry specialist, Dr. Henrietta Boyd, the workshop focused on decarbonisation of the global supply chain from catch to the UK's first point of landing and delivery. The invited attendees heard from major seafood processors including Young's Seafood, owned by Sofina Foods, along with Chessington and Grimsby based processor, New England Seafoods, about the initiative to identify and measure de-carbonisation actions that all UK retailers and food service organisations can collaborate with.

The workshop received an insightful presentation from Seafish Industry Authority's, Dr. Stuart McLanaghan, Head of Responsible Sourcing, who shared details of Seafish's low carbon product calculation tool that will be launched in the autumn of 2023.

Simon Smith, Chairperson of Seafood Grimsby & Humber Alliance commented "We're grateful for Fishmongers' Company for hosting this workshop. Our Alliance and its members represent a significant part of the UK's fish and seafood processing sector and are fully focused and aligned to improve and highlight low carbon initiatives within our supply chains. Our Alliance have commitments to the Governments food strategy to lead on net zero carbon within a complex supply chain."

Seafish Industry CEO, Marcus Coleman added "Seafish are delighted to be involved with the Alliance in this vitally important workshop. We've been working on designing and implementing the Seafood Carbon Tool in collaboration with industry and their customers, including retailers and food service businesses. We're excited about launching the carbon tool later this year and joining the Alliance in a further stakeholder workshop."

A follow up workshop will be held early 2024 following the launch of Seafish's Carbon Calculator Tool.