South West fishing industry plans to hook European business
The South West of England's fish processing industry
is planning to make a big splash at the European Seafood Exposition
in Brussels this month - the world's biggest fish trade
show (May 9-11).
Representatives of the region's flourishing and varied
fish processing enterprises will make a three-day visit to
the home of the European Commission as part of a high-powered
promotional campaign. It will be overseen and partly funded
by the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) and spearheaded
by members of two key projects committed to providing a sustainable
fishing industry in the region: Seafood Cornwall and Invest
in Fish South West.
Both projects will use the occasion to showcase their initiatives
to representatives of the European Commission, UK Government
and wider industry at the European Seafood Exposition which
attracts 1,200 exhibits from over 120 countries.
"It is a show which brings together some of the
biggest names and opinion formers within the fishing industry
worldwide. It is paramount that our voices are heard there,
it is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss," said
Nathan de Rozarieux from the Newlyn-based Seafood Cornwall,
which has helped put together a team of 25 delegates, including
representatives of ten commercial fish processing businesses
across the region.
Nathan continued: "Between 70-75 per cent of fish
from the South West is exported to the continent – one
of our most important markets. We will be there to help maintain
our existing contracts and, hopefully, win new ones. We will
demonstrate to buyers across Europe that we are serious about
our industry and that we are confident it has a sustainable,
The South West RDA and Seafood Cornwall will be providing
a stand and the services of an interpreter to help visiting
delegates do business.
"It means that members of the team wont have to
go to the expense of providing their own stands and will leave
them free to 'trawl' the show to link up with
existing clients, forge new contacts and bring interested
clients back to the stand to discuss what the south-west has
to offer" Nathan commented.
On the second day of the show Invest in Fish, who are based
in Penzance, take centre stage on behalf of the South West,
hosting a cocktail reception at the South West England stand.
Invest in Fish South West is the first project in the UK
to fully engage all fishing interest groups, including fishermen,
anglers, scientists, retailers, restaurateurs and environmentalists.
The stakeholder-led project will agree the measures needed
to sustain fish stocks, the economy, and wider marine environment
for the region by the end of the year.
"This is a very exciting time for the project and
the show will provide us with the opportunity to share our
progress and hopefully gain the support of important decision-makers
in the European Commission," says Heather Squires,
Project Manager for Invest in Fish South West.
The project is the first within a wider initiative, led by
the World Wildlife Fund, the National Federation of Fishermen's
Organisation and Marks & Spencer, which aims to provide
a long term strategy for managing fishing fleets on a regional
basis, taking important local characteristics into account.
It is hoped that the South West pilot project will provide
an example for similar projects elsewhere in the UK and Europe.
For further information please contact Nathan de Rozarieux
of Seafood Cornwall on 01736 874304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Seafood Cornwall through the
Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) fund.
Seafood Cornwall is funded by the Objective One Fisheries
Programme, Seafish and Cornwall County Council. It offers
advice to industry on fish quality issues and is working to
improve marketing and promotion of fish and seafood. Seafood
Cornwall is based at the Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre,
78b The Strand, Newlyn, contact Nathan de Rozarieux, 01736
874304. For more information about the project visit www.seafoodcornwall.org.uk.
Further details on the 'Invest in Fish SW' project
please contact project manager, Heather Squires or visit the
website at www.investinfish.org.uk.
The South West Regional Development Agency was established
in 1999. Our most important role is to ensure the long term
economic success of the region, by promoting the right skills
among its workforce, the most innovative businesses, and a
high quality environment. For further information contact:
Diana Mompoloki, telephone 01392 229641, email@example.com.
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