Fishing industry figures have spoken out to encourage owners and skippers to take part in the annual survey of the UK fishing fleet, which begins on Monday, 5 July and will run throughout the summer. The survey is carried out by Seafish, the public body that supports the UK seafood industry (whose fleet survey researchers, Carlos, Oscar and Joe, are pictured above in Peterhead port during the 2019 fleet survey).

As we reported earlier this month, the annual socio-economic survey asks questions about the financial performance of fishing businesses and the demographics of their crew. It gives owners and skippers the chance to share how their business has fared in the past 12 months through changes such as the pandemic and Brexit. All responses are treated as confidential, with no figures from individual vessels revealed.

Now, in a variety of videos that can be seen on YouTube, some industry figures are discussing how important it is that the industry take part in the survey.

The industry figures including Harry Wick, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Fish Producer’s Organisation; Barrie Deas, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations; Jeremy Percy, Chief Executive of the New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association and Mike Park, Chief Executive of the Scottish White Fish Producers Association (whose video you can see below…).

Vessel owners and skippers who are willing to participate in the fleet survey are asked to email: with their name, email and/or phone number and port of operation. This will allow a meeting with a researcher to be arranged in port or by a telephone or video call.

More information can be found here and in future issues of Fishing News.

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