Fish is a popular dish that works well for consumers in either fresh, frozen or
tinned products. The overall UK seafood market, including restaurants, fish and chip shops etc. was worth £5.6 billion in 2011, and is steadily growing
Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members include some of the world's biggest and
best-known manufacturers of fish products and they take their responsibilities
for responsible sourcing and sustainability very seriously.
The FDF has been calling for radical reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy
and we welcome the publication of the Commission's proposals, and in particular
their plans to end the highly wasteful practice of discarding perfectly edible
fish at sea. We have been working with stakeholders and partners including the
WWF to press for fisheries management changes based on long-term plans for
protecting and rebuilding fish stocks to deliver sustainable supplies of
to consumers at prices they can afford and allowing them to reap the huge
benefits from eating more fish.
We also welcome the Commission's plans to open a discussion about the provision
of more information to consumers about the origin and sustainability of
from whatever source. But changes to labelling must be proportionate and
contribute to genuine consumer choice. Fish is a healthy nutritious product
equally well for consumers whether it is fresh, defrosted, frozen or tinned.
Last reviewed: 20 Feb 2013