The Fishmongers’ Company is to join Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS), it has been announced, taking its place alongside other leading representatives from the catching, processing, retail and fisheries management sectors.
Chairman of FIS John Goodlad said: “FIS is known for connecting the supply chain to release untapped potential in our seafood industry.
“FIS’ take on innovation is about genuine collaboration to add value to businesses and communities – a goal already shared by the Fishmongers’ Company, and we’re delighted to have the support of this ancient and esteemed industry leader.”
FIS was created by the Scottish government in 2014, and operates as a collaboration between seafood experts, government and scientists to explore new ideas for greater prosperity and sustainability in Scottish seafood.
The Fishmongers’ Company will be represented on the FIS board by Alison Freeman (pictured above), who manages the company’s marine fisheries programmes and has experience of innovative projects across the breadth of the UK fisheries sector.
“Fishmongers’ is thrilled to be joining the FIS membership. We have always admired FIS’ targeted approach to working with industry to pilot and champion innovative practices that improve the sustainability of the sector,” she said.
“Their mantra of ‘no fishing sector left behind’ firmly resonates with us and our own work programmes. We hope that this partnership will enable us to scale up projects and share practices for the benefit of the wider sector.”
FIS projects are designed by its members, responding to the most pressing innovation needs for Scottish seafood. Current projects include piloting digital technology to improve traceability and verification, and understanding what alternative vessel fuels might be realistic in a Scottish context.