Scottish seafood is internationally recognised as a quality product, whether it is caught or farmed and demand around the world is high. Health, provenance and premium products are the hallmarks of Scottish produce and, as one of Scotland’s major primary food producing sectors, Scottish seafood is well placed to meet these demands.
Salmon farming is a key sector underpinning sustainable economic growth that supports the employment and the economy of many fragile coastal and rural communities across Scotland.
Scotland continues to lead the way on sustainable management of wild fish stocks using innovative measures to promote sustainable fishing. As a result a number of Scottish fisheries including herring, haddock, mackerel and crab have achieved the Marine Stewardship Council certification.
More information on Aquaculture and Sea Fisheries can be found at the Marine Scotland website.
Scottish Seafood Partnership (SSP)
Scottish Government set up the Scottish Seafood Partnership in January 2012, an industry led group of representatives from the fisheries and aquaculture sectors to reflect the full seafood supply chain. The group looked at ways to add value to all seafood products and to promote a more sustainable and profitable industry. It’s report identified 6 key outcomes for action:
Quality, standards and provenance
Collaboration and effective supply chains
Financial and legal relationships
Forecasting and horizon scanning
Scottish Government awarded Seafood Scotland £700k to deliver the implementation of the SSP recommendations working closely with various partners including Scotland Food And Drink, Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Seafood Association. An Implementation Working Group monitors and reviews progress of outcomes, advises on priority of actions and considers how to address future challenges affecting the seafood industry. Membership covers a range of catching and processing sectors within the seafood industry.
Seafood Industry Bodies
Seafood Scotland is an Interbranch Organisation (IBO) set up “by the industry for the industry” in 1999 to increase the value of return to the Scottish seafood sector. The board consists of representatives from the Scottish catching, seafood processing and fish farming sectors, with meetings joined by observers from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
Seafood Scotland is the delivery partner in Scotland for the Seafish Industry Authority (Seafish), which also holds a seat on the Seafood Scotland Board.
The Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) is a UK non-departmental public body (NDPB). It works across industry to increase consumer awareness, raise standards and improve efficiency towards a sustainable and profitable future for the seafood industry. It provides base data, research services, technical support and funding to allow the delivery of programmes to industry. It also operates an industry supported training network capable of delivering a wide range of training support and bespoke courses.
Support is available through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) programme in Scotland which delivers on sustainable economic growth in the sea fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
Traceability and Labelling
Seafood Traceability and Labelling Regulations are in place to ensure that seafood can be tracked throughout the supply chain and to ensure it is described accurately to consumers.