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Fish & Fisheries

The Fishmongers’ Company (the Company) has had a long-standing involvement in fish and fisheries management in the UK stretching back to its founding purpose of controlling fish trade within the City of London. Today, the Company’s overall aim is to promote a healthy, prosperous and sustainable fish and fisheries sector for the long-term benefit of the United Kingdom. Over the years this work has evolved to meet a succession of new challenges facing those who manage, catch, buy and sell, and consume fish. 

The Company has a fisheries strategy aimed at developing and enhancing its reputation as an independent institution, valued and respected for its contribution to the UK fishing sector. The Company achieves this by:

  • Bringing together government departments and organisations, the private sector, the third sector, academia and the public in both open debates and confidential discussions about key issues and significant developments in the Fish and Fisheries sector.
  • Either independently or, in partnership with others, supporting and enabling projects that address the key issues facing the Fish and Fisheries sector.
  • Supporting and sponsoring the achievement of functional skills and academic qualifications that enable individuals to develop successful careers in Fish and Fisheries related sectors.

This strategy contains four principal programmes (mainly focused on UK issues):

  • Freshwater fish, fisheries and catchment management
  • Marine fish, fisheries and environmental management
  • The sustainable and innovative development of aquaculture
  • Supporting and developing the fish trade

These programmes are all supported by generic themes running throughout these programmes including:

  • Education and communications initiatives
  • Working with research and academic establishments to support an evidenced-based approach
  • The development of international links

The Company’s Fish and Fisheries Team is responsible for delivering this strategy.

The Company, through its Fisheries Charitable Trust (Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust - FCFCT), invests in a wide variety of projects to support the programmes listed above. Applications must align with the Company’s four principal programmes and should be discussed with a member of the Fisheries Team prior to submission. The Company places a strong emphasis on projects that:

  • Identify areas of work that are not covered by existing organisations/initiatives
  • Can clearly demonstrate collaboration between organisations with common purpose
  • Can demonstrate strong matched funding credentials
  • Can demonstrate a clear exit strategy

The FCFCT can also be approached for small amounts of support funding under its small grants programme.  Click here for more information.

As part of our public facing activities, the Company’s Fish and Fisheries team manages Fish on Friday, a blog designed to make an enduring, responsible and positive difference to the way in which we view fish and the fishing industry.

Among many initiatives, the Company has established the Master Fishmonger Standard, a certification programme that aims to reward and celebrate professional excellence in the fishmonger trade. The Company also played an integral role in the establishment and development of the Billingsgate Seafood Training School.

The Shellfish Association of Great Britain, an industry trade body founded by the Fishmongers’ Company, continues to be associated with the Company and has its offices at Fishmongers’ Hall. 

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