Tuesday, June 13, 2017

13/06/2017: Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar Priorities for UK fisheries policy - sustainability, trade, access and funding

 Latest updates for Westminster Forum 

 Chaired by: Lord Teverson

 The seminar is taking place is Central London on Tuesday June 20, 2017. 

 The focus is "The way forward for UK fisheries policy in light of Brexit". 

 Key discussion points: 

  • Post-Brexit fisheries management by the UK - international and domestic legal frameworks
  • Safeguarding a globally competitive UK fishing sector - trade tariffs, access agreements and international markets
  • Priorities for UK marine food security - balancing growth and sustainability
  • Fisheries management in a devolved context


  • Publication of the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee’s report which highlighted key challenges and opportunities for fisheries management after the Common Fisheries Policy.
  • A report by the Environment Audit Committee calling for the government to establish greater protection and monitoring strategies for Marine Protected Areas.
 Keynote speakers: 
  • Nigel Gooding, Deputy Director, Fisheries and Conservation, Defra (subject to Departmental business).
  • Simen Svenheim, Counsellor for Trade and Fisheries, Royal Norwegian Embassy in London.
  • Barrie Deas, Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations. 
 Further confirmed speakers:

 Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation; Andy Hickman, Responsible Sourcing Manager for Seafood, Tesco;Charlotte James, Client Manager, Meat, Fish and Poultry Team, Kantar Worldpanel UK and Ireland; Andrew Kuyk, Director General, Provision Trade Federation and Leader, UK Seafood Industry Alliance; Helen McLachlan, Fisheries Governance Programme Manager, WWF; Daniel Owen, Barrister, Fenners Chambers and Dr Grant Stentiford, Director, European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases and Team Leader, Pathology and Molecular Systematics, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

 Additional senior participants are being approached. 


 Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament and the House of Commons Library and officials from Defra; Department for Exiting the European Union; Department for International Trade; Food Standards Agency; Isle of Man Government; Marine Scotland; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Angling Trust; Aquaculture without Frontiers CIO; Association of Inshore Fishery and Conservaton Authorities; Bidfresh; Blue Marine Foundation; British Ports Association; Brodies; Cefas; ClientEarth; Cornwall Council; Dechert; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland; Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority; EDP Renewables; Embassy of France in London; Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in London; Environment Agency; Environmental Defence Fund; ICF; Marine Stewardship Council; Natural England; Natural Resources Wales; New Economics Foundation; NIFPO; North Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority; North Sea Commission; North Sea Marine Cluster; Queen’s University Belfast; SafetyNet Technologies; Scottish Fishermen’s Federation; Sea Fish Industry Authority; Seafood Scotland; SWFPO; Tesco; The Pew Trusts; The Representation of the Faroes in London; The Waterloo Foundation; Ulster Wildlife; University of Aberdeen; University of Southampton; University of the West of Scotland; University of York; US Department of Agriculture and Wildlife and Countryside Link. 

 Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Agra Europe; Seafood Source; The Sunday Times and World Fishing.

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