UK Seafood Summit to address Brexit and plastic's marine impact

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 29 Jun 2018

Brexit and the effect of microplastics on the marine environment will be key topics covered by this year's UK Seafood Summit.

Both have grabbed the nation's attention, and they will be at the forefront of what has been described as the 'two most important days in the UK seafood calendar'. 

Formerly known as the Humber Seafood Summit, the annual event is organised by Seafish, the public body that supports the £10 billion UK seafood industry. 

This year it has rebranded to reflect the national flavour of the event and has moved to DoubleTree Forest Pines Hotel to accommodate more delegates, due to increasing annual attendances.

The keynote speaker for 2018 is Ursula Lidbetter MBE, chairwoman of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and member of the Government’s Food and Drink Sector Council, representing all LEPs. The FDSC is a formal industry-led board comprised of businesses from every part of the food chain to create a more sustainable and productive food sector from farm to fork.

MORE: Highlights from the 2017 Humber Seafood Summit

It is Ursula’s first time at the summit and her talk will focus on the growth of the food chain. 

She said: “I am delighted to be addressing the UK Seafood Summit. The seafood industry is a key part of the Greater Lincolnshire economy and a sector I am keen to promote both through my role as Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and on DEFRA’s Food & Drink Sector Council.”

This year it’s expected 300 key opinion formers will join respected industry leaders and government officials from the UK and Europe to discuss issues around consumer demands, consumption trends, innovation, sustainable sourcing, the supply chain, and the changing political, economic and regulatory landscape in relation to Brexit. 

Other speakers include Andrew Oliver from Andrew Jackson Solicitors who will be focusing on the impact of Brexit on international seafood trade, as he did at North Atlantic Seafood Forum in Norway, and Simon Smith from Seachill, the company behind The Saucy Fish Company, who will talk about innovation and consumer messages. 

Simon Smith.

Dr Peter Kershaw will explore his work for the UN in the effect of microplastics on the marine environment. 

Seafish chief executive, Marcus Coleman, said: “Seafood is the way forward for business, communities, the environment and for personal health and wellbeing.

“We’ve got some exceptional speakers lined up and this summit provides an invaluable opportunity for the industry to come together to network, share ideas and discuss major issues, at a time of great change and opportunity.”

The two-day summit opens on Wednesday, October 17 with an afternoon networking event, followed by the Seafood Fayre showcasing seafood from around the UK and local produce. The conference takes place the following day on Thursday, October 18.

Registration is now open. Click here to register. Humberbusiness.com is once again an official media partner.

Businesses interested in exhibiting at the Seafood Fayre should register their interest by contacting Nikki Hawkins at Seafish via email nikki.hawkins@seafish.co.uk or phone 07876 035763. 

The hugely popular Seafood Fayre reception on the eve of the summit. 

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