Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Priorities for UK fisheries policy - sustainability, trade, access and funding

Morning, Tuesday, 20th June 2017

Central London


This conference will consider the priorities for UK and devolved governments in developing a post-Brexit fisheries management regime which supports the fishing industry and coastal communities, the marine environment, and the wider food sector.

Delegates will assess priorities for the UK’s negotiating strategy as it moves away from the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), looking at options for a new allocation mechanism for quota shares after Brexit, access arrangements to Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) with neighbouring countries, and the application of import and export tariffs within the EU market.

The agenda will also bring out latest thinking on issues highlighted in the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee fisheries inquiry, including new trading relations with non-EU markets, enhancing quality and value of catch, protecting marine security and developing aquaculture, driving domestic consumption of seafood products, investment in new technologies and infrastructure, and income and employment challenges for the UK workforce.

Guest of Honour

Nigel Gooding

Deputy Director, Fisheries and Conservation, Defra (subject to Departmental business)

Guest of Honour

Nigel Gooding

Deputy Director, Fisheries and Conservation, Defra (subject to Departmental business)

Keynote Speaker

Dr Grant Stentiford

Director, European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases and Team Leader, Pathology and Molecular Systematics, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)


Lord Teverson

Andy Hickman

Responsible Sourcing Manager for Seafood, Tesco


Andrew Kuyk

Director General, Provision Trade Federation and Leader, UK Seafood Industry Alliance

Allan Gibb

Deputy Director, Sea Fisheries Division, The Scottish Government

Barrie Deas

Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations

Bertie Armstrong

Chief Executive, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

Helen McLachlan

Fisheries Governance Programme Manager, WWF

Daniel Owen

Barrister, Fenners Chambers

Simen Svenheim

Counsellor for Trade and Fisheries, Royal Norwegian Embassy in London