The final report of the Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce: 2021 which examines the effects of Transition Period has been published
The final report of the Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce: 2021 has been published.
The Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce, hosted by the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland and chaired by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, David Duguid, emerged from consultation with the seafood and aquaculture industry on the run up to and following the end of the Transition Period.
The Taskforce brought together Ministers, industry representatives and UK and Scottish Government officials, in an effort to solve ongoing problems with exports. The core industry members were present throughout the Taskforce; the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Scottish Seafood Association, Communities Inshore Fisheries Alliance (CIFA), the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) and Seafood Scotland.
As well as the support received by members of the Taskforce, input was also received from industry experts including Amber Knight, MacNeil Shellfish and Artus Galiay, NordFrance Invest, with input also provided by Food Standards Scotland. The Taskforce was also attended by Government Ministers including the UK Government Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Victoria Prentis, the former Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Fergus Ewing and current Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon.
The Taskforce’s remit was to act as an overarching body delivering action on medium to long-term issues for the industry, and to complement the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) weekly seafood working groups, with the aim of increasing confidence in the seafood and aquaculture supply chains.
In the report it is stated, “The Taskforce has been successful in driving forward issues remitted to its action log. We have always said this Taskforce is intended to deliver on the medium- and long-term actions. Examples of actions that have been completed include improvements to Export Health Certificates Online (EHCO), with the first round of improvements going live on 29 March (including numbering of pages) and the reduction of regularity of Supplier Declaration forms, now approved to be submitted monthly.”