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UK government backs seafood businesses with £1m boost to reach new and international markets

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A close up of fish caught in crates on a fishing port.
Basket for catch lobster on the boardwalk in Whitby abbey, North Yorkshire, UK

On Saturday 7th May, the UK government announced a £1m seafood export package to promote UK seafood in new and existing markets overseas.

The package received coverage in Western Morning News and Fish Focus as well as international outlets, The Paradise News and Exbulletin.

The Seafood Exports package will:

  • identify new overseas buyers and connect them with UK seafood companies
  • promote UK seafood at international events
  • increase expertise on British seafood produce in our Embassies and Consulates overseas

The package will also fund seafood specialists to work with existing Agri-food and drink attachés who help broaden market access for UK businesses and resolve any technical barriers preventing businesses from reaching global markets.

Fisheries Minister, Victoria Prentis, said:

We exported £1.6 billion worth of UK seafood in 2021 and we want this to increase. We are unlocking export opportunities in new markets around the world, and the £1 million we are announcing today will help seafood businesses across the UK take advantage of them.

Minister for Export, Mike Freer, said:

This funding will provide a real boost to businesses, particularly SMEs. It’s a genuine step change for current exporters, as well as those looking to access new seafood markets for the first time.”

“These new funds will strengthen the UK’s position as a global leader in the sector and enable more countries than ever to enjoy Great British seafood.

The package is the final part of the £100m UK Seafood Fund and complements the wide range of export support the UK Government already provides for the UK’s world leading food industry. Food and drink is an important part of our Made in the UK and Great campaigns, supported by HM Trade Commissioners, Trade Envoys and Export Champions.

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  1. Comment by Richard Ogden posted on

    Not too sure how this will be received 😕.
    Our record on pollution within our rivers and beaches isn't that good !