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Have your say on the future of seafish

DEFRA Press release

10th February 2006

The Independent Review on the future of the Seafish Industry Authority (SFIA) is released today (February 10th) for public consultation along with the Government's proposed response.

Stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the review and the proposed response to the four UK Fisheries Administrations which will be taken into consideration by the Fisheries Ministers.

A final report will be published later this year.

Consultation letter

Review of Sea Fish Industry Authority document  (pdf - 146 KB)

Proposed Government Response to Review of Sea Fish Industry Authority  (pdf - 67 KB)

Copies of the Report and the provisional response can be downloaded from the DEFRA web site.

Please note

This is a 12 week consultation period and ends on Friday 5th May.

The report and provisional response is also available on the DEFRA and SEERAD websites ( and will be in the Commons Library from Friday 10th February.  Details and procedures for discussion can be obtain on the individual department's websites.

The SeaFish Industry Authority (SFIA) was established in 1981 to serve the interests of the UK seafish industry.  It is regulated by the four Fisheries Administrations in the UK.

Independent reviews of Non-Departmental Public Bodies like SeaFish take place every five years.  The Review was produced by Priscilla Russell of the Department for Transport (DfT) and John Martin, an independent consultant recommended by The Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD).  It was announced in May and involved detailed consultation with stakeholders, SeaFish staff and board members.