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SCOTTISH SEAFOOD ASSOCIATION Supporting and Promoting the Scottish Seafood Industry and associated businesses to ensure a viable and long term future • • • •

Raising awareness of Scottish quality seafood Working with Scottish fishermen to achieve the maximum value of Scottish Seafood Liaising with industry organisations locally and nationally to form a united voice for the interests of seafood companies Advising EU and national governments on Fishing Industry Policies and Consultations

Supporting the Scottish Seafood Industry

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Contents Foreword, by Will Clark, Chairman SSA………............................................................................................ 6 Overview of Scottish seafood landings……................................................................................................. 9 The best seafood in the world………........................................................................................................... 13 Sustainability and provenance the key for the future……........................................................................... 16 The SSA – serving Scotland’s seafood industry…...................................................................................... 20 Quotas must reflect stock abundance…...................................................................................................... 22 Good news on future fish supplies……........................................................................................................ 24 SSA members directory………………………............................................................................................... 26 Useful contacts…………….......................................................................................................................... 28 Diary……….................................................................................................................................................. 33

Exhibitions and events, 2014 23 to 27 February 2014

Gulfood, Dubai

7 and 8 March 2014

Skipper Expo Int. Galway 2014

16 to 18 March 2014

Seafood Expo North America, Boston

6 to 8 May 2014

Seafood Expo Global, Brussels

6 to 8 May 2014

Seafood Processing Global, Brussels

28 to 29 May 2014

Aquaculture UK 2014, Aviemore

30 and 31 May 2014

Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen

5 to 8 June 2014

SEAEXPO Turkey, Istanbul

7th June 2014

Taste of Grampian, Inverurie

19 to 22 June 2014

Royal Highland Show Ingliston, Edinburgh

23 July to 3 August 2014

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

14 to 17 October 2014

Aquaculture Europe 2014, San Sebastian

19 to 23 October 2014

SIAL, Paris

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By Will Clark, chairman Scottish Seafood Association


here is no doubt that the last 20 years or so has witnessed a period of great change for the seafood industry, not least the processing sector which has seen a significant decline in the number of businesses trading. Declining quotas, increased bureaucracy and uncertainty over daily supplies have all contributed to this decline, but there are now signs that that this downturn has levelled-off and hopefully that better times are around the corner. But numerous difficulties lie ahead. The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is now upon us and with it the promise of enhanced regional control. It is too early to say what benefits, if any, this will bring, but there are elements of the new CFP that promise great uncertainty. Take the discards ban, for example. Discards are abhorrent - no-one can deny that - but there is still no detail on how the plan will be managed. For processors, there is real concern that the ‘land-all’ obligation may impact upon the fishmeal revenue that is so essential for our business survival. Under the CMO the empowerment of POs will be an interesting development. It is vital that a common-sense approach is adopted when managing these measures and that processors are involved in all stages of the consultation process. There is also a need for the catching and processing sectors to work closer together – we depend upon each other so much, yet there is still so much more that can be achieved in terms of delivering consistency of supply and also working more coherently together in the political arena.

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It would be very easy to concentrate on the negative, so it is important to highlight the numerous plus-points for our industry as we look ahead. Perhaps one the most encouraging signs for the future is the definitive scientific proof over the last few years that fish stocks are recovering. This is great news and if careful stewardship of our seas continues, then the increased level of supplies will benefit all sectors of our great industry. The North Sea cod stock – the iconic species that seems to grab the headlines – is increasing in size, as are hake, megrim and many other stocks. This sustainability of our fisheries is a message that we must promote increasingly to the consumer and it is good to see that this fact is now beginning to be recognised by the general public. Through the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme we can provide consumers with the reassurance that buying Scottish seafood meets corporate responsibility, low food miles, value for money and an essential part of a healthy diet. The ‘Scottish’ brand name and provenance of our seafood is also widely recognised and revered around the world. Indeed, there is strong demand for locally caught seafood as was highlighted in the recent BBC ‘Eat for Less’ programme where consumers expressed a preference for fresh fish compared with frozen-at-sea product. And at a time when people are concerned about their health and well-being, we need to be shouting from the roof-tops about the health benefits of eating fish. Our seafood tastes great and is good for you too! You can’t really ask more from any food product and this is why I look ahead to the future with some confidence. 6

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Overview of Seafood landings Statistics published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician show that the value of fish landed by Scottish vessels in 2012 decreased by nine per cent in real terms from 2011, which was the highest value of the century. The quantity of fish landed increased by two per cent.


he value of fish landed by Scottish vessels in 2012 was £466 million, a decrease of nine per cent in real terms compared with 2011, which was a record high year. This decrease in the overall value of landings was driven by reductions in the value of all species types. The real term value of pelagic landings decreased by 11 per cent to £166 million. Demersal landings had a value of £143 million, a reduction of eight per cent from 2011, and the value of shellfish landings decreased by six per cent to £157 million. Despite the nine per cent decrease in overall value from 2011, there was little change in volume of catch landed. A total of 365 thousand tonnes of fish was landed in 2012, an overall increase of two per cent from 2011. In terms of species types; the volume of pelagic and demersal landings increased by four per cent and one per cent, respectively, whilst shellfish landings decreased by four per cent. Reductions in the price obtained for many key species drove the overall decrease in the value of landings between 2012 and 2011. Mackerel is the most valuable stock to the Scottish fleet, accounting for 28 per cent (£131 million) of the total value of Scottish landings. In 2012 it decreased in value by 21 per cent in real terms

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from 2011, driven by a 14 per cent fall in price and an eight per cent decrease in the quantity landed to 134 thousand tonnes. However, 2012 proved a good year for herring fisheries, the other key pelagic species. The value of herring increased by 68 per cent in real terms to £29 million. The overall value of demersal species reduced because of price reductions in the majority of key demersal species since 2011. The only demersal species that increased in price in real terms was hake (up 12 per cent). The prices of key shellfish species either decreased or were similar to 2011. In combination with price decreases, the reduction in volume of shellfish landings drove the six per cent reduction in the value of shellfish landed.

Demersal in more detail Demersal species contributed 31 per cent of the overall value of landings by Scottish vessels in 2012. Haddock, monkfish and cod are the three main demersal fish landed by Scottish vessels in terms of value, accounting for 22 per cent, 19 per cent and 15 per cent respectively of all the demersal species landed in 2012. The value of demersal species decreased eight per

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cent from 2011, driven by reductions in value of various species including monkfish and cod, which fell 20 per cent to £27.3 million, and eight per cent to £21.4 million. The value of monkfish fell due to a combination of a 14 per cent decrease in the quantity landed, and a six per cent decrease in price. Cod’s decrease in value was driven by the 12 per cent decrease in price as the quantity landed increased by four per cent. The effect of the reductions in value of monkfish, cod and other demersal species on the overall demersal sector value, was buffered by the increase in value of hake and haddock. Hake accounted for ten per cent of the total demersal value. From 2011 the value of hake rose by 18 per cent due to an increase in price of 12 per cent and a five per cent increase in the volume landed. Haddock was the other demersal species to see a rise in value, amounting to two per cent. This slight increase in the value of haddock occurred despite a large fall in price of 18 per cent compared to 2011. The increase in value resulted from a 25 per cent increase in the quantity of haddock landed in 2012 from 2011, mainly due to an increase of quota for haddock.

and accounting for 18 per cent of the total value of all Scottish landings. The value of Nephrops landings by Scottish vessels decreased four per cent in real terms from 2011. This decrease in value was driven by a six per cent decrease in the quantity landed (21 thousand tonnes) but was buffered slightly by a three per cent rise in the price of Nephrops. The value of scallop landings in 2012 remained similar to that in 2011, despite an eight per cent decrease in price. This is a result of an eight per cent increase in volume of landings. This increase in scallop landings represents 1.3 thousand tonnes, offsetting the decrease in quantity landed of the other key shellfish species.

Shellfish in more detail Nephrops and scallops are the two main species of shellfish landed by Scottish vessels. Nephrops accounted for 53 per cent of the value and 31 per cent of the quantity of shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2012. Scallop landings accounted for 20 per cent of the value and 25 per cent of the quantity of all shellfish landings by Scottish vessels in 2012. Nephrops are the most valuable shellfish species to the Scottish fishing industry, worth £82.4 million in 2012 SSA Yearbook and Diary 2014 10

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Fishermen employed The number of fishermen employed on Scottish based vessels was 4,747 at the end of 2012. Compared to 2011, there are 249 less people employed on Scottish based vessels, representing a five per cent decrease, bringing bringing the 2012 fisherman employment figure to the lowest recorded level.

Scottish fishing fleet The number of active fishing vessels based in Scotland was 2,046 at the end of 2012, representing a decrease of 49 vessels (two per cent) on the previous year and the smallest recorded fleet size. In 2012, the number of over ten metre vessels was 598, a loss of 27 vessels from 2011. The over ten metre demersal sector consisted of 215 vessels, a decrease of 14 vessels, while the shellfish sector reduced by 13 vessels to 359 vessels. The number of vessels in the over ten metre pelagic sector was unchanged compared to 2011, with 24 vessels. There were 1,448 vessels in the ten metre and under fleet, a decrease of 22 vessels since 2011.

Fish quota uptake Quota uptake for important demersal stocks was high in 2012. Landings of North Sea haddock, North Sea cod, North Sea whiting, and North Sea saithe were close to 100 per cent uptake of the quota available. Uptake for North Sea monkfish and North Sea Nephrops was relatively low, 62 per cent and 54 per cent respectively, and lower than 2011’s uptake. In the case of Nephrops, this was down to poor availability in the fishing grounds. Quota uptake for the important pelagic stocks reached or exceeded 100 per cent for North Sea herring, West of Scotland herring and West of Scotland mackerel, similar to 2011.

Quota uptake for demersal stocks was high

Value and prices in real terms of the mian species anded by Scottish vessels: 2008 to 2012 (The most recent year for which figures are available)

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The best seafood in the world

Tony Jackson of The Palace Hotel, Peterhead, says the future health of the seafood industry lies in the education of chefs At a time when the media in its many forms seem intent on dominating the world of fishing, using “Buzz” words (sustainability, accreditation, fish fights, real fish fights, cod warriors, etc.) to incite reactions, I feel the actual customer gets lost in the melee. I do not mean the Fisherman who will sell to a Processor, who in turn sells to a Merchant, who sells to the Chef, but the actual person who eats the fish. The final Customer is the one who actually pays money, supporting every step going back down the line. As a Hotelier and Chef I sell fish dishes on my restaurant menus and must be led by my customers. Based near Peterhead my customers expect to see

There is a great future for Scottish seafood. It is a world class quality product that always delivers on my menus local seafood. Therefore White fish and Pelagic fish from Peterhead and Shellfish from Fraserburgh or Boddam feature on my menus. The hotel does try to feature different species of seafood but given our location and the local population the main staples that they traditionally grew up with are their favourites. Haddock, Cod, Mackerel, Herring, Sole, Monkfish, Langoustines, Lobster and Crab dominate my menus. © Seafood Scotland Photo:

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Whiting, Tusk, Ling, Catfish, Plaice etc. feature occasionally on the daily menu specials but are outsold by the traditional favourites every time. Customers Rule. We have an abundance of seafood within Scotland, a fantastic cool climate and clean waters that provide us with some of the best seafood in the world. I know from my travels around the world and talking with other chefs they are envious of our quality fish, and how we can keep dishes simple to allow the seafood to speak for its self. We do not need to hide the flavours, just enhance them. The key to the future lies in education for young aspiring chefs and potential customers to get them to try and use all of our seafood. We need to provide knowledge and skills to our future cooks. How to fillet, skin, prepare all types of seafood; flat, round, oily, shellfish is essential knowledge to them getting the best from our great products. There is a great future for Scottish seafood. It is a world class quality product that always delivers if it is handled correctly, and treated with respect. The future is bright but it is never going to be easy. More and more people are eating out of home, and choosing seafood as their preferred option, even quick service restaurants are increasing their fish choices. Lighter foods, healthy eating, dietary needs, and just plain choice are driving the market for seafood. People like it and long may that continue.


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Sustainability and provenance the key for the future By Mike Berthet, M&J Seafoods

M&J Seafood has a broad view of the Food Service industry with over 12000 chefs and caterers across Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs, Contract Caterers, Schools and Hospitals and we have seen a move in terms of menu choices, provenance and the sustainable agenda over the last few years which show no sign of letting up.

UNDERUTILISED There has been a marked decrease in exotic species such as Red Snapper and Barramundi in favour of more native and lesser known species such as Coley, Pollock and Grey Mullet. Also some of the major UK species such as Lemon Sole and Scottish Haddock have been featuring on more and more menus. Indeed Scottish Haddock (which until a few years ago had a very bad press) has been a shining example of what fishermen can achieve when they all work together, as it now has the Marine Stewardship Council Certificate of Sustainability. I am sure that with all the effort being focussed on better management of our fish stocks in the North Sea that Cod will not be far behind in getting that same seal of approval. Most SSA Yearbook and Diary 2014 16

fishermen believe we are already at that point but we will have to wait for the Scientists to get their proof before we can all stop holding our breath and move on!

SUSTAINABILITY There has been much more awareness of underutilised species such as Dab, Mackerel and Gurnard (actually we had our first major shipment of Scottish Gurnard this spring and it was superb!) and also much more interest from chefs in where their seafood comes from and how sustainable it is; even the word ‘Sustainable’ has begun to be better understood by the Food service Industry. Participation

across the stakeholders such as scientists, fishermen, NGOs, processors, governments (especially Maria Damanaki the EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and suppliers such as ourselves has been much more joined up and we are seeing progress in all areas. We look forward to the completion of the SEAFISH Inshore Project which again will take us forward at a ready pace and really help set the scene for the next challenges for fisheries management teams around the coast.

There has been much more awareness of underutilised species such as Dab, Mackerel and Gurnard The decision earlier this year to reduce and eliminate where possible discards from European Fisheries and mitigate how we avoid them in the first place has been a real milestone in managing our European stocks. It will be fascinating to see how ingenious fishermen will be at helping find solutions to reducing discards in the first place… they are very ‘canny’ guys! Chefs have been a lot more engaged on the sustainable agenda. We have focused on getting the information out to the caterer so they can help play their part and we actively encourage chefs to review their current offering with a view to committing to more sustainable choices going forward.

PROVENANCE We have seen major media and press coverage on issues such as the Mackerel debacle with Iceland and the Faroe Islands gather much more interest form the food service industry than ever before. Chefs have engaged with us to discover the facts behind the headlines and have begun to make considered choices from a sustainable point of view as well as asking many more questions (as they should) about the provenance of the fish and seafood they use. We hope that the ICES review later this year does not put a damper on things and that we can quickly get back to seeing Scottish Mackerel regain its MSC accreditation


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We have seen a distinct rise in the market to connect the fisherman and his catch direct to the restaurant and we have been able to support that through our Skipper’s Catch initiative, which enables restaurants to tell the whole story to their customers of exactly who fished it, where and how it was fished and of course the name of the boat. Customers are asking many more questions when they dine out than they did a few years ago. We have now up to 45 day boats landing their catch direct to M&J Seafood and chefs are really stunned by the quality of the fish we are able to deliver within 24 hours of it being caught. We started the scheme in Scotland about seven years ago but struggled to get ‘Day boat’ fish. Perhaps this is the year when we get ‘Day boat’ Scottish Fish into our Skippers Scheme?

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The Scottish Seafood Association – serving Scotland’s processing sector John Cox, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seafood Association, outlines benefits that membership of the SSA can bring The aim of the Scottish Seafood Association is to support Scottish Seafood Processing companies and all other affiliated interests to ensure a viable and long term future for the Scottish Seafood Industry through effective dialogue, consultation, collaboration and partnerships The SSA was established in 2011. It is the national representative body for the Scottish seafood processing and trading sectors in response to the sector’s need for greater representation in the policy arena and to provide bespoke membership services to help growth in the sector in the face of increasing challenging economic, environmental and regulatory conditions. The members’ employ several thousand people directly with many more employed in businesses supplying and servicing processing companies predominately

in fisheries dependent areas. This accounts for most numbers employed in the primary processing sector who source and buy fish landed in Scottish fishing ports. The companies who are members provide markets for seafood caught by hundreds of fishermen who depend on the viability of the processing sector. Scotland has a global reputation of providing the best quality and range of seafood. Nephrops, Langoustines or Prawns (as they are called locally and not to be confused with Pandalus borealis) caught by Scottish fishermen and landed in Scotland represents over 80% of the global supply. SSA members are proud to be among the world’s leading processors and suppliers of quality seafood products supplying regional, national and global markets.

The members’ employ several thousand people directly with many more employed in businesses

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The SSA aims to foster a better public understanding of the importance of the seafood industry and its value to the regional and national economies by raising the awareness of Scottish seafood as equally if not more sustainable than generic labelled certified seafood. Seafood processed is sourced from vessels catching seafood within EU set quotas, processed by accredited companies within only a few hours or days travel from fishing grounds. This offers greater quality and sustainability than imported fish sourced from far afield or farmed.

The SSA aims to foster a better public understanding of the importance of the seafood industry The seafood industry is an important and vital industry in Scotland. The jobs provided, the taxes generated, the local supplies and services purchased, and the community contributions our members make demonstrate our commitment to the future health and wellbeing of the community, economy, and environment. SSA is represented on the Seafood Scotland Board and the Scottish Seafood Partnership by the association’s chairman. SSA is also a member of North East of Scotland Fisheries Development Partnership. The SSA recognises the requirement to implement changes to the general management of the Scottish seafood industry in order to develop seafood and associated industries. In collaboration with Local Authorities, public sector and industry bodies we will

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endeavour to support the seafood industry so that it sustains sufficient capacity to process seafood landed in Scotland enabling the viability of fishermen, processors and associated businesses for the long term. The Association’s primary objectives are to ensure Scottish Seafood is the first choice for the consumer, Scottish Seafood Processors are the first choice of supply and the industry is respected as a rewarding career with a positive reputation. For more information on the work of the association contact: Chairman: Will Clark Mob: 07710 182 048 Chief Executive: John Cox Mob: 0791 773 4774

How fresh Scottish fish is taking the offshore energy sector by storm! By Peter Bruce, CEO, Entiér

In May of this year we began a trial to supply fresh fish offshore on two units - Forties Alpha and Rowan Viking. From the date we started providing fresh fish onboard we have received some excellent reviews and comments from clients, customers and also from our own chefs and managers. The comment which has been the most consistent has been the difference between the fresh and frozen product which has been very pronounced from everyone. Entiér is the first company to introduce this SSA Yearbook and Diary 2014 21

offshore - not frozen, not vacuum packed, but boxed FRESH every time. There is also the question of traceability which has also been received well within the offshore workforce; many crew members are ex-fishermen who really do appreciate having a regular supply of fresh fish. The quality of the product, the professional way the product is packed and the freshness on delivery have delighted our clients. We are now rolling it out within the rest of the UK Offshore business.

Quotas must reflect stock abundance By Peter Bruce, skipper Budding Rose I’ve been at sea for 29 years and have had my present vessel, Budding Rose, for the last 23 of these. In all this time there is no doubt in my mind that 2013 has been the most difficult year of all due to the lack of quota availability compared with the abundance of fish on the grounds, combined with the high cost of leasing quota. The priority must be for quotas to better reflect the current state of the stocks – even a 15 to 20% increase across some of the main species would make a huge difference to the viability of the fleet. A rollover of the current situation for 2014, or a further cut in quotas, would have a disastrous impact upon our already struggling fleet. The evidence on the fishing grounds is absolutely compelling that stocks are recovering well. I see it every time I go fishing, as do my fellow fishermen, with superb hauls of cod, haddock Photo by David Linkie and other species. If anything, I can see the recovery gathering even further momentum in 2014. But if we are not given increased opportunity to sustainably catch this fish, then I’m fearful that many boats will leave the industry altogether. We need to get quotas in tune with stock abundance, but the EU seems obsessed with cod and its hugely damaging Cod Recovery Plan (CRP). It is essential SSA Yearbook and Diary 2014 22

that the CRP is consigned to the scrap-head and more intelligent management measures are introduced that work for both fish and fishermen - and indeed seafood processors. I think fishermen would accept slightly lower prices on the market if they were allowed to land more fish. After all, I believe Scottish fish is the best quality in the world and the demand for seafood is growing all the time. But there is a very real danger that there will not be enough fishermen left to catch our recovering stocks unless urgent action is taken to increase catching opportunity. We have made huge sacrifices in achieving this recovery in stocks, and these efforts must be rewarded. Otherwise, what is the incentive to carry on? What is particularly worrying is the number of young fishermen leaving the industry. They are our future and need encouragement to stay. Despite all these massive difficulties we currently face, I do believe there is a bright future for fishing. The next two or three years are especially important in that the right management and support measures must be immediately put in place to stop our fleet dwindling any further. If this happens, then we can all reap the benefits of abundant fish stocks in our seas for many generations to come.

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The good news on our recovering stocks There is now compelling evidence that our key fish stocks are recovering, which bodes well for both future supplies of fish to the processing sector, whilst at the same time allaying totally unwarranted consumer fears that our waters are over-fished. Analyses of advice from the respected scientific body, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) shows there has been a clear trend of recovery in recent years, with fishing pressure at a record low. Seafish, for example, has carried out an in-depth analysis of new advice for the Baltic Sea, Bay of Biscay, Celtic Sea, and North Sea fish stocks published by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in May and June 2013. Seafish says their interpretation of the ICES advice is that there is reason for cautious optimism in the industry as we continue to see iconic stocks such as cod in the North Sea move

Stocks of some species have increased to unprecedented levels

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towards recovery. However, they add that it is important that that we continue to improve our knowledge and management of stocks across all areas so that we can reach our goal of a profitable and sustainable industry that works in harmony with the marine environment. This sustained recovery of many fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic has been further confirmed by another new report published in 2013 by researchers from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Strathclyde. The study – Reversal of Fish Stock Decline in the Northeast Atlantic - and published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, reveals that the status of our fish stocks is improving. The researchers relied on data collected largely by government research institutes, including large programmes at hundreds of fish markets and at sea on hundreds of fishing and research vessels operating every day of the year. These data were then analysed and integrated into

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The researchers say they were especially surprised by the sheer number of stocks that have improved since fishing pressure was reduced mathematical stock assessment models and peer reviewed at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in Denmark, which recommends catch levels to the European Commission. The researchers say they were especially surprised by the sheer number of stocks that have improved since fishing pressure was reduced at the turn of the century. In 2011, for the first time, the majority of fish stocks were being fished sustainably. This report confirms the findings of another study carried out earlier in 2013 by the NAFC Marine Centre’s Department of Marine Science and Technology based in Shetland, which collated and summarised information published by ICES. It found that while stocks of some species had declined in the past, most had seen substantial increases over the last few years. It arrived at the same conclusion, that the exploitation rate for most stocks - that is the proportion of the fish that are caught each year - has fallen sharply. For example, SSA Yearbook and Diary 2014 25

the stock of North Sea cod more than doubled in size between 2006 and 2012 while its fishing mortality rate fell by 43 per cent between 2000 and 2011. In fact the fishing mortality rate for North Sea cod was lower in 2012 than in any year since 1966. Stocks of some other species have increased to unprecedented levels: the plaice stock in the North Sea for example was larger in 2012 than at any time since at least 1960, having tripled in size since 2004. The stock of hake more than quadrupled in size between 2006 and 2011. Whilst this is all encouraging news, the challenge now is to ensure that the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy contains sensible measures that ensure our processors and fishermen can survive the challenges ahead, including a discards ban, and that there is a regular flow of sustainably caught seafood arriving daily into our markets.

SCOTTISH SEAFOOD ASSOCIATION MEMBERS LISTING 2014 A G D Duff & Partners Alexander Duff 01224 588976 A Thompson JR Ally Thompson 01346 511120 Box Pool Solutions Peterhead Gayle Graham Caladero Scotland Ltd Richard Faulkner 01292 678888 Caley Fisheries Ltd Stephen Buchan Stephen Buchan (Jnr) 01779 479121 Colin Fraser Ltd Colin Fraser 01224 593132 Coupers Seafoods Ltd Jamie Couper 01224 891053 D H Clark Neil Clark 01224 249492 Don Fishing Company Colin Graham Downies Fish Whitehills Alan Downie 01261 861204 Enterfoods Andrew Noble 01346 586000

Freshcatch Chris Anderson 01779 474860 Gamrie Bay Trawls Michael Watt 01261 851475 GMR Seafoods Ltd Gordon Rennie 01779 478653 GT Seafoods Ltd Graeme Tallis 01779 479301 H & H Fish William Hanratty 01224 212094 Iceberg Ltd Victor Valera 01346 515856 J Charles Andrew Charles 01224 249330 J H Milne Partnership Robert Milne 01779 490024 J Smith Alan Smith 01261 842419 J S Fish Ltd James Stephen 01224 584866 John Law John Law 01224 878039

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Keenan Recycling Grant Keenan 01771 644883 Ken Cassells Ltd Craig Cassells 01779 476057 L Williamson Fish Sales Ltd Laurance Williamson 01595 880180 Laeso Fish Ltd Sandy McRobbie 01779 477740 Longbridge Veterinary Services Becky Clark 01347 811770 McConnell Seafoods Ltd Gregor McConnell 01779 471037 MSL Ltd Mr Gillies C. Lang 0141 770 4366 Noble Bros (FR) Ltd Malcolm Smith 01346 510333 Nolan Seafood UK Ltd Derek Hutchins 01224 875506 Norscot Seafoods Ltd Donald Morrison 01971 521357 Orkney Fishermen’s Society Stewart Crichton 01856 850375

Pearson Aberdeen Seafoods Ltd Derek Pearson 01224 874141

Seabird Fishmongers George Baxter 0131 447 1183

Peterhead Box Company Gavin Birnie 01779 470676

Seafood Ecosse Ltd Foster Gault 01779 475718

Prime Seafoods Ltd Alex Mckay 01346 516549

Seafood Technology Richard Adam 01779 821070

R & P McDonald Ltd Ronnie McDonald 01224 879402

Simmer Dim Frank Johnson 01595 746660 Skateraw Eric Johnston 01224 583025 Stef Transport Ltd Ricky Wood 01224 584400 Styropack Mike Pocock 01224 873166

R Henderson Ltd Craig Henderson 01224 589648 R&J Seafish James Mcrobbie 01779 480590 S&B Seafoods Ltd Stewart Gerrie 01779 491133 Sacha Seafoods Ltd Kyle Adalsteinsson 07968 820717 Scottish Wild Salmon Company David Pullar 01674 676989 Scrabster Seafoods William Calder 01847 892380

Sustainable Seafoods Peterhead Ltd Alan Pirie 01779 477900 alanpirie@sustainableseafoods.

Thomson International Fish Sales Ltd William Thomson 01847 891111 Top Sail Fish Products Adrian Johannesson 01224 588003 Trawlpac Seafoods Scott Chapman 01224 871093 Whitelink Seafoods Ltd Graeme Sutherland 01346 518828 Wilsea Ltd Will Clark 07710 182048 John Cox 07917 734774 XyRex LTD Gerry McGuire 0870 402 0660 Young’s Seafood Ltd Michael Sim 01346 518951

The Firm of William Mitchell Gary Mitchell 07860 621339

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USEFUL CONTACTS Here we provide a directory of useful contacts for seafood processors

COUNCILS Aberdeenshire Council Woodhill House Westburn Road, Aberdeen Tel: 0845 608 1207 Aberdeen City Council (Economic and Business Development; and Environment) Marischal College Broad Street Aberdeen AB10 1AB Tel: 01224 522000

Highlands & Islands Enterprise Cowan House, Inverness Retail and Business Park, Inverness IV2 7GF Tel: 01463 234171,

Scottish Enterprise Atrium Court, 50 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6HQ Tel: 0141 248 2700

Public Contracts Scotland 10 Queens Road Aberdeen AB15 4ZT 0844 561 0673


European Commission, DG Fisheries European Commission, DG Fisheries, B-1049 Brussels Scottish Council for Development Tel: 00 32 2 299 1111 & Industry Fax: 00 32 2 299 3040 North-East Scotland Office, Moray Council c/o Robert Gordon University EU Representation in the UK Council Offices, Aberdeen Business School, Europe House, High Street, Elgin, Kaim House, Garthdee Road, 32 Smith Square, London, Moray, IV30 1BX Aberdeen AB10 7QE. SW1P 3EU Tel: 01343 543451 Tel: 01224 263380, Tel: 020 7973 1992 Fax: 020 7973 1900/ 1910 DEVELOPMENT & Scottish Development SUPPORT AGENCIES International SDI Headquarters, Atlantic Quay, Enterprise North East Trust 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU Enterprise Business Centre, Tel: 0141 2282828 Admiral Court, Poynernook Road, Aberdeen, AB11 5QX Tel: 01224 289700 SSA Yearbook and Diary 2014 28

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Anglo Scottish Fish Producers’ Organisation Ltd 12B Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1JT Tel: 01289 306873 Fax: 01289 305033 Fife Fish Producers’ Organisation Ltd 10 Mid Shore Pittenweem, Fife KY10 2NL Tel: 01333 311474 North East of Scotland Fishermen’s Organisation Ltd Worshipful Company of 75 Broad Street, Peterhead Fishmongers Ltd AB42 1JL Fishmongers Hall, Tel: 01779 478731/479149 London Bridge, London EC4R 9EL Tel: 020 76263531 Northern Producers’ FISH PRODUCER Organisation Ltd ORGANISATIONS 3 Firthside Street, Fraserburgh, AB43 9AR Aberdeen Fish Producers’ Tel: 01346 511185 Organisation Unit 4, Deemouth Business Centre, Orkney Fish Producers’ South Esplanade East, Organisation Ltd Aberdeen AB11 9PB 4 Ferry Terminal Building, Tel: 01224 877366 Kirkwall Pier, Fax: 01224 877822 Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HU Tel: 01856 871818

National Federation of Fish Friers Ltd New Federation House, 4 Green Wood Mount, Fishermen’s Association Ltd 11 Burns Road, Leeds LS6 4LQ Aberdeen AB15 4NT Tel: 0113 2307044 Tel: 01224 313473 Fax: 01224 310385 E-Mail: roddy@mccollassociates. com National Federation of Fishmongers Ltd Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Po Box 9639, Colchester CO5 9WR 24 Rubislaw terrace, Tel: 01376 571391 Aberdeen AB10 1XE Fax: 01376 571391 Tel: 01224 646944 Fax: 01224 647058

The Scottish White Fish Producers Association Ltd Fraserburgh Business Centre South Harbour Road Fraserburgh AB43 9TN Tel: 01346 585367/585368

FISHMONGER & FISH FRIER ASSOCIATIONS London Fish and Poultry Retailers Association 67 Albany Road, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 4AE Tel: 01708 448667

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Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation Ltd Braehead, 601 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh EH4 6EA Tel: 0131 339 7972

The Don Fishing Company Ltd Bath House Bath Street, Peterhead AB42 1DX Tel: 01779 474 231

L.H.D Ltd Shetland Fish Producers’ 5 Alexandra Buildings, Organisation Ltd Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LL, Shetland Seafood Centre, Tel: 01595 695323 Lerwick, Shetland. ZE1 Oll Telephone: 01595 693197. West of Scotland Fish Peter & J. Johnstone Ltd Producers’ Organisation Ltd 184 Albert Quay, Station House, Harbour Road, Mallaig, Inverness-shire PH41 4QD Aberdeen AB11 5QA Tel: 01687 462679 Tel: +44 (0) 1224 594371, or 01779 473007 Westward Fishing Company Heritage House FISH SALESMEN 141 Shore Street Fraserburgh Caley Fisheries AB43 9BP 11 Harbour Street Tel: 01346 514228 Peterhead, AB42 1DL 01779 479772 Denholm Fishselling Head Office Inverness Elm House Cradlehall Business Park Inverness United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1463 796 000

FOOD ASSOCIATIONS Scotland Food and Drink 3 Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NB Tel: 0131 3350940

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Scottish Food and Drink Federation 4A Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8JQ Tel: 0131 2299415 Fax: 0131 2299407

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES Marine Scotland Marine Scotland, Victoria Quay, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ Tel: 0131 556 8400 Fax: 01397 795011 Web: About/Directorates/ Marinescotland Marine Scotland Marine Laboratory, PO Box 101, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen AB11 9DB Tel: 01224 876544 Email:

PORTS & MARKETS Aberdeen Aberdeen Harbour Board, Harbour Office, 16 Regent Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5SS Tel: 01224 597000

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Mallaig Ullapool Mallaig Harbour Authority, Ullapool Harbour Trustees, Harbour Offices, Harbour Office, Ullapool, Mallaig, Inverness-shire, PH41 4QB Ross-shire IV26 2UH Tel: 01687 462154 info@ Tel: 01854 612091 SEA FISH INDUSTRY AUTHORITY Peterhead Departments based in Peterhead Port Authority, Edinburgh: Finance, Marketing, Harbour Office, Communications, Economics. West Pier, Peterhead, Seafish, Aberdeenshire AB42 1DW 18 Logie Mill, Tel: 01779 483 600 Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HS Tel: +44 (0)131 558 3331 Scalloway Sage Buildings, Blacksness, Shetland, ZE1 0TQ, Departments based in Grimsby: Tel: 01595 744221 Research & Technology, Marine Kinlochbervie Services, Kingfisher, Standards and The Harbour, Kinlochbervie, Scrabster Training, Information Services & By Lairg, Sutherland IV27 4RR Scrabster Harbour Trust, Support, Market Insight. Tel: 01971 521235 Harbour Office, Seafish, Scrabster, Caithness, KW14 7UJ Origin Way, Tel: 01847 892779 Europarc, Lerwick Grimsby, N E Lincs DN37 9TZ Lerwick Port Authority, Tel: +44 (0)1472 252300 Albert Building, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0LL Shetland Seafood Auctions Ltd Tel: 01595 692991 1st Floor, Lerwick Fish Market, SEAFOOD SCOTLAND Fax: 01595 693452 Lerwick ZE1 011, 18 Logie Mill, Tel: 01595 690185 Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HS, Stornoway Tel/fax: 0131 557 9344 Lochinver Stornoway Port Authority, Lochinver Harbour Office, Amity House, Esplanade Quay, New Pier, Lochinver, Sutherland, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2XS IV27 4JP Tel: 01851 702688 Tel: 01571 844247 Fax: 01571 844247

Fraserburgh Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners, Whitehall Buildings, Shore Street, Fraserburgh AB43 9BR Tel: 01346 515858 Fax: 01346 516641 Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Grimsby Fish Market, Wharncliffe Road, Fish Docks, Grimsby N.E. Lincolnshire DN31 3QJ Tel: 01472 350023 Fax: 01472 240838

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