Welcome to the November issue of the Seafish Wales E-Update, providing you with the latest information on Seafish work in Wales.

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Seafish in Wales

Seafish Wales webpages have been upgraded

The Seafish Wales webpages on the Seafish website have recently been upgraded to improve access to information. Information on projects, events and the local seafood industry is available. The new pages can be accessed here.

Free Industry Skills workshops available 2016

Seafish and the Seafood Training Network Wales are collaborating with the Welsh Seafood Cluster to offer free Filleting and Seafood Smoking workshops to industry in January and February 2016.

These workshops are aimed at fishermen, fishmongers and food service businesses who wish to improve their skills and add value to their product. Proposed dates and locations are:

W/C 25 January – South Wales
W/C 15 February – North Wales

Seafood Smoking
W/C 1 February – North Wales 
W/C 8 February – South Wales

Further information, confirmed dates and venues will be available in the coming weeks.

To express an interest in one of the above workshops please contact Dr Holly Whiteley, Seafish Wales Project Manager at or on 01248 812 038.

More information about the Welsh Seafood Cluster can be found in 'Other news' below.

Seafish Wales Advisory Committee (SWAC) meeting minutes

The second SWAC meeting of 2015 / 2016 was held 13 October in Caernarfon. The meeting agenda, minutes and Seafish update can be found online here. This Advisory Committee oversees the development and delivery of Seafish projects and initiatives in Wales. The next meeting is due to take place January 2015 in Aberystwyth. More information about Seafish's work in Wales can be found here.

Free Personal Floatation Device (PFD) update

Over 200 Seafish-funded PFDs have been distributed to the fishing industry in Wales by Greg Phillpot, Welsh Seafish Industry Training Association. The PFDs have been created by lifejacket specialists Mullion and feature a new lightweight, compact design, which has taken on board feedback from fishermen

Seafish are still accepting applications for these essential safety items.

Fishermen that haven't already applied can register for their free PFD by contacting Dr Holly Whiteley, Seafish Wales Project Manager at or on 01248 812 038. Alternatively you can contact the Welsh Seafish Industry Training Association at or on 01558 823088 / 07811 480240.

'Understanding the seafood supply chain in Wales' project update

As part of the comprehensive supply chain study being undertaken by CamNesa Consulting, an extensive, anonymous and confidential telephone interview survey of the onshore seafood sector has been undertaken.

The results of the telephone interview survey will provide Seafish with a strong understanding of the supply chain in Wales and help to ensure that our interventions to support development of the sector are targeted and effective. We would like to thank all those businesses that have taken part.

For more information about the project please contact Dr Holly Whiteley on or Eric Davies, CamNesa Research Manager on 02920 757002.

Training News

Welsh first for apprentice fishmonger Sarah

Sarah O'Connor, who runs The Fabulous Fish Company at Chepstow Garden Centre in Chepstow, has become the first fishmonger in Wales to complete a foundation apprenticeship in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills.
The apprenticeship, part of the National Food and Drink Manufacturing framework, was delivered by award winning work-based learning provider Cambrian Training Company of Welshpool. The Apprenticeship Programme in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.

You can read more on this story here. For more information about fish and shellfish apprenticeships please contact the Seafood Training Academy at or on 01482 486482.

Sarah is also winner of a bronze Wales True Taste Award for People's Choice Favourite Fishmonger. To find out more about Sarah and the Fabulous Fish Company visit

Fishermen's training

The Welsh Seafish Industry Training Association (WSITA) delivers training to fishermen across the coast of Wales, ranging from mandatory basic safety training to voluntary courses for fishermen who want to increase their skills and knowledge in particular areas, such as stability, navigation and engineering.

WSITA also offers a basic foreshore gatherers safety course for commercial gatherers that work in the intertidal zone. 

For more information about the training on offer click here.

Free Training Offer

Free Refresher Safety Courses are available for fishermen who completed the mandatory safety courses more than three years ago. N.B. Anyone attending these courses may bring a new entrant with them at a cost of £45 per course instead of the usual charge of £85 (not including Basic Health & Safety).
Free Under 16.5m Skipper’s Ticket training is also available.

These free courses are jointly funded by the MCA and Seafish. Funding is available for a limited time only. For more information please contact WSITA on 01558 823 088 or 07811 480 240.

Seafish beefs up its Under 16.5 Skipper's Certificate

From 01 January 2016 the engineering requirement for the Under 16.5m Skipper's Certificates are being beefed up by Seafish. This change is due to the continued high number of incidents (reported by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch) caused by engine and machinery failure.

For more information click here.

Other Seafish news

Seafood Week 2016 success linked to 'double digit' growth in fish sales

The Co-operative Food has attributed the successful return of Seafood Week to a significant spike in fish sales.

This year Seafish celebrated Seafood Week (October 9 - 16) for the first time since 2007, reintroducing the eight-day celebration as an opportunity to trumpet the work of the seafood industry and encourage consumers to eat more fish more often.

Steve Addison from The Co-operative Food said: "Seafood Week 2015 was a massive success at the Co-operative Food, where a co-ordinated campaign from digital to the shelf edge helped bring new shoppers to the category. The end result was double digit sales growth and nothing says a job well done more than that."

Seafish has announced that Seafood Week will be held October 7 - 14 in 2016, meaning it will once again run for eight days.

For more information on Seafood Week click here.

Seafish Legislation Updates

Seafish has updated its popular guide on traceability and consumer information for the seafood industry. This guidance aims to support industry in adapting to key legislative changes around information to be made available to seafood consumers.

The updated guidance can be found here.

The latest Food Legislation Newsletter includes items on:
  • Update on Official Controls.
  • General Food Law Regulation: Commission to debrief EP ENVI Committee on fitness check on 10 November.
  • Landings Obligation / Animal By-Products.
  • Consultation on fees for ABP inspections and approvals.
  • Statutory guidance on compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.
  • RIFE report issued.
  • Proposed changes to mercury levels.
  • IUU: Thailand given until December to comply.
  • New guidance documents from HM Revenue & Customs.
  • Acrylamide stakeholder meeting.
  • Biocides stakeholder meeting.
  • Business Expert Labelling and Standards Group.
The latest Marine Environmental Legislation Newsletter includes items on:
  • Defra – Diffuse Water Pollution from Agriculture consultation
  • Marine and Coastguard Agency – Proposed Fishing Vessel Codes of Practice Regulations consultation.
  • Spending Review.
  • Commission report on establishing MPAs under the MSFD.
  • A report on recovery potential of various protected habitats and species within MPAs.
  • AIPCE finfish study.
  • Defra  – Marine Licensing.
To view all Seafish Legislation Updates click here. For more information about Seafish's legislation work visit the Seafish website.

Seafish Market Insight E-Alert

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Other News

Welsh Seafood Cluster to be launched 23 November

A Welsh Seafood Cluster is being launched by the Welsh Government’s Business Development Programme with the aim of helping Welsh fisheries businesses overcome barriers to growth and exploit commercial opportunities. The Cluster will bring together a range of fishermen, fishmongers and aquaculture businesses alongside commercial, government and academic partners to create a platform for joint action to identify and solve common problems.

The Cluster will be launched next week on 23 November with a study trip to Billingsgate Fish Market for fishermen, fishmongers and food service business in Wales, facilitated by Menter a Busnes through the Cywain project.

Further information about the Welsh Seafood Cluster and how to get involved will be available on the Food and Drink Wales website shortly.

To find out more, please contact;
North Wales Seafood Cluster
Caroline Dawson,, 01745 770272

South Wales Seafood Cluster
Lowri Edwards,, 07814 238464
Proposed new Management Measures for Scallop Fishing in Cardigan Bay
Current management measures for scallops within the protected site in Cardigan Bay (Cardigan Bay SAC) allow only one area within the SAC being opened for a limited time each year for scallop dredging. These measures came into force in 2010 and were based on the limited evidence available at the time of inception.

A programme of research has been undertaken by Bangor University, including a 2 year Scallop Fishing Intensity Experiment. This new evidence supports a controlled fishery in the area of the SAC which is currently closed to fishing. Welsh Government now aims to establish a viable and sustainable scallop fishery within the currently closed area within Cardigan Bay SAC and launched a consultation on 14 October 2015. Our intention is to introduce a flexible new management system which should ensure a sustainable supply of scallops into the future whilst safeguarding important marine species and habitats.

The consultation, which can be viewed here, closes on 5 January 2016.

Recipe of the month

Captain's Galley Mussels steamed with lemongrass (Asian Moules)

  1. Put coconut milk, galangal / ginger, lemon-grass and green chilli in saucepan and bring to boil over a high heat.
  2. Add the lemon zest. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and strain, pressing down on the mixture. Cool to room temperature, uncover, then add the lemon juice and salt. Stir to combine and set aside.
  4. Put oil in a saucepan. Add garlic and shallots and cook until lightly browned. Stir in the chillies, then the mussels and the lemon-grass infusion. Shake pan vigorously, then add the Thai basil and season to taste. Cover and cook until the mussels open, roughly 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer mussels to a serving bowl, with the cooking liquid. Garnish with the coriander leaves and serve immediately.

This recipe was kindly supplied to Fish is the Dish by Captain's Galley.

Prep time: 10 - 12 min
Cooking time: 10 - 12 min
Serves: 2

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp galangal / ginger
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • ½ tbsp finely grated fresh lemon zest
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt + more to taste
  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 tbsp sliced garlic
  • 3 tbsp sliced shallots
  • 3 tbsp sliced fresh red Thai chillies
  • Mussels (bearded)
  • ½ cup loose packed Thai basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves.

Captains Galley

If your business is interested in sharing a seafood recipe with Fish is the Dish, please contact Dr Holly Whiteley, Seafish Wales Project Manager at
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