Fleet survey researchers Oscar Wilkie and Carlos Esclapez will be visiting Scottish ports. Photo: Seafish

Fleet survey researchers Oscar Wilkie and Carlos Esclapez will be visiting Scottish ports. Photo: Seafish

Seafish has announced that its fleet survey researchers will be visiting ports and harbours across Scotland in the coming weeks.

The fleet survey is a major piece of research into the health of the UK’s fishing sector. It looks at the economic performance of the fleet and at the demographics of the people who work in fishing businesses. The data gathered is used to better understand the social impact the industry has on coastal communities. The survey results help both industry and policy makers to understand the challenges and opportunities vessel owners and managers face, as well as the impact of fisheries management measures.

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Individual fishing businesses who take part in the survey can opt to receive a free benchmark report. This compares their vessel’s economic performance to similar vessels which can help identify areas where improvements can be made. They can also be used as evidence in grant or loan applications.

The fleet survey research team will visit the following locations in October 2021:

  • Oscar Wilkie will be in Shetland and Orkney
  • Carlos Esclapez will be in Scrabster, Wick and Ullapool, Buckie, Fraserburgh and Peterhead and then Skye and South Scotland

 Economist Nick Patience said:

“I’m really excited to be involved in the 2021 fishing fleet survey. The data gathered in this annual survey enables us to create a unique dataset on the UK fishing industry with insight at UK, home nation and fleet segment level.

“Creating an accurate picture of the industry relies on support and participation from skippers and vessel owners. It’s only by speaking with all types of fishing businesses that we can provide comprehensive data for the industry, which can then be used by fishing federations, government and individual businesses.

“I’d encourage fishing businesses across Scotland to get in touch with our team so we can capture their data as we visit ports and harbours across the country in the coming weeks.”

Any vessel owners who are happy to take part in the survey are asked to email fleet.survey@seafish.co.uk with your name, email and/or phone number and port of operation.

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Seafish fleet survey researchers visiting Scottish ports in October

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