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Grimsby FMA team up with Seafish for Seafood Industry Insights Workshop

January 01, 0001

The Grimsby Fish Merchants Association (FMA) teamed up with the Seafish Industry Authority to hold a Seafood Industry Insights workshop in Grimsby. The event was attended by FMA members, other seafood businesses from the cluster, supply-chain businesses, and members of the newly formed Future Leaders group. The insights focussed on the issues that impact the day-to-day operations of the members with a focus on regulatory and trade matters.

Guest speakers included Eurofins,  a worldwide laboratory seafood testing service based in Grimsby presented on issues around food safety, frequency, and types of tests for small to medium-sized businesses plus Wilkin Chapman Solicitors. Emma Hastings Bray of Wilkin & Chapman presented a useful session on data compliance and protection including information on the UK regulator's ICO and impact on breaches.

Professor Val Braybrooks from the University of Lincolnshire gave some fantastic insights into the work they have achieved to help the seafood industry in the region during the past 24 months. £2m has been secured for skills and innovation support in the region. Val also explained how the newly launched Future Leaders 6-day Programme will help fill the gap with succession for our industry. 

‘‘The Future Seafood Leaders is the best example of collaborative working between industry and academia that I have observed over many years in my role. The course development and delivery is shared between the business members of the SGHA, their suppliers, and the University’s team, with over 30 directors and senior managers giving time to ensure that future leaders benefit from their expertise. Notably, what stands out for me is the spirit of collaboration, with learning being shared across competitor businesses for the greater good and future of the sector’’ Professor Val Braybrooks

Seafish presented HMRC relevant industry import trade data for cod & haddock from Norway, Iceland, and Faroe Islands imported to the United Kingdom as well as an overview of the UK’s UK Fish and chip consumption.

Finally, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - GOV.UK ( Head of Imports and Exports – Daisy May went into detail about the forthcoming Border Target Operating Model (BTOM), to maintain border security. IUU, BCP, EHC, and Global Health certificates implications were all discussed as well as risk categories for wild whitefish and farmed seafood including, Salmon, Seabass, and Seabream.