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Fish & Fisheries

The fishing industry is an essential element of the United Kingdom’s national identity and we continue to see work on fish and fisheries as central to our purposes. Our aim is to promote a healthy, prosperous and sustainable fish and fisheries sector for the long-term benefit of the United Kingdom. If you would like to find out more about the Company’s involvement with the fish and fisheries industry, please see our objectives and background note. For a Company view on sustainability, see our recent booklet.

The Fishmongers’ involvement with the fishing industry stretches back over 700 years to the days when the Company first inspected the quality of fish on sale in London - a role still actively pursued today at Billingsgate Market. The Company’s contemporary activities include the founding of the Billingsgate Seafood Training School bringing fish cookery skills to school children, the general public and industry professionals alike in a fun, learning environment.

The Company's Fisheries Charitable Trust makes small grants to charities related to the Fish and Fisheries Sector. In order to apply for such grants please read the grant criteria before completing our application form.

The Company engages actively in current debates including on the European Common Fisheries Policy (click to see Position Paper and click here to see our comments on the Commission’s reform proposals of July 2011)  and works in partnership with related organisations to harness the latest knowledge in research. This enables us to highlight serious industry concerns such as sustainability of resources and to draw attention to topical subjects, for example, the nutritional benefits of seafood in the diet.

Billingsgate Fish Market