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MPs scrutinise Government’s support for fishing sector post-Brexit

1 June 2022

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee holds the first session of its inquiry into the UK Seafood Fund (UKSF) at 2.30 PM on Tuesday 7 June in Committee Room 6 of the House of Commons.   

In addition to other UK funding that has replaced EU funding for the sector following Brexit, the Government established the £100m UKSF in December 2021. The areas earmarked for investment by the UKSF are Infrastructure, Science and Innovation, Skills and Training, and Seafood Promotion for exports.

Purpose of the session   

This session will look at how the UKSF will help overcome the challenges facing the UK fishing industry, ports, processors, training and coastal communities. Witnesses’ views will also be sought on what the UKSF’s priorities should be within the areas set out by Government. 


Tuesday 7 June

Panel 1 (from 2.30 PM) 

  • Barrie Deas, Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations. Representative body for fishermen and producers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Elspeth Macdonald, Chief Executive, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation. Representative body for fishermen’s associations in Scotland.
  • Tavish Scott, Chief Executive, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation. Representative body for the Scottish salmon sector, producing the most popular fish in the UK and the UK’s largest fresh food export.

Panel 2 (from c. 3.30 PM)   

  • Jimmy Buchan, Chief Executive, Scottish Seafood Association. Representative body for Scottish seafood processors.
  • Simon Potten, Head of Training (Safety and Services), Seafish
  • Mark Simmonds, Director of Policy and Communications, British Ports Association. Representative body for UK ports.

Further information

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