25 original strategy recommendations have also been revised to further support the English seafood industry .

Seafood 2040 will continue its work with funding from the Marine Management Organisation, via the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme (FaSS).  

Seafood 2040 is a partnership strategy for England between government and industry. It is facilitated by Seafish, the public body that supports the UK seafood industry, and supported by the Department for Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs (Defra), and the seafood industry in England. The strategy is based on collaboration, best practice, communication and science, innovation, and technology. 

Dr Neil Auchterlonie, Chair of Seafood 2040 said:  

We’re absolutely delighted that Seafood 2040 has been awarded funding from the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme. Receiving this grant will enable us to continue developing our programme to support the seafood industry in England. We’re looking forward to working closely with the English supply chain and government to ensure a thriving and sustainable English seafood industry by 2040. 

“The Seafood Industry Leadership Group has also revised the original 25 recommendations included in the strategy. The revised recommendations will drive the programme in the face of some new, substantial challenges. We are keen to further support our industry with these updated and meaningful actions.

Priorities and direction for Seafood 2040 are informed by the Seafood Industry Leadership Group. This group is comprised of representatives from across the English seafood supply chain.  

The purpose of Seafood 2040 is to progress short to long-term recommendations which cut across the entire seafood supply chain and work towards a sustainable and thriving future. These recommendations focus on:  

  • fishing,  
  • aquaculture,  
  • marketing (to increase consumption),  
  • exports and imports,  
  • business capability and resilience,  
  • sustainability,  
  • training and skills, and  
  • infrastructure and logistics. 

Outputs from the first two years of the programme include: 

During this time the programme was funded via the European Marine and Fisheries Fund.  

Visit the Seafish website for more information on Seafood 2040, including annual reports for 2019 and 2020.  Businesses looking to find out more can also contact Kimberly Cullen, Seafood 2040 Programme Manager at kimberly.cullen@seafish.co.uk.