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Seafish Update - Industry Meetings Moved

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UK - Seafish has taken the decision to move next week's follow-up meetings with the UK fishing industry to later in the month while it waits on the final detail of its new operating structure and objectives being agreed.

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The events, originally scheduled to begin next week at various venues across the UK, will now take place on new dates, hoped to be later in the month, with a full schedule of times and venues, published on the Seafish website.

The meetings had been scheduled as part of the follow up to the Defra led conversations with the fishing industry held in the latter part of 2011 about the future role, remit and operating structure of Seafish

Commenting on the decision, CEO Paul Williams said: "I am excited about what Seafish has to offer the industry and we are just finalising the last detail of our structure before we have our conversations with them. I am hopeful that opportunity will arrive in the next week or so.

"Seafish has spent the past several months working extremely hard on our new structure and objectives while still offering a valuable service to industry and gaining some notable successes such as our Fish is the Dish educational programme which has reached out to an audience of over 120,000 mums across the UK via social networks. I expect our new plan to deliver similar results across all our areas of expertise and pay genuine dividends to the industry as a whole."

The original conversation with the fishing industry produced a positive endorsement of the role of Seafish and its independent voice along with a variety of ideas on how it should support the industry in the future.

The feedback has been used by Seafish to create a new structure and business plan for the organisation which will see it work closer with the industry and its key audiences in the coming years as it looks to support a sustainable and profitable fishing industry.

As soon as the last remaining detail is agreed upon Seafish will publish dates of new meetings via the website, its social media channels and in the trade press.