FSBI Announcements


Message from Dr Martina di Fonzo at DEFRA

I am writing to ask for your help identifying and reaching out to potential candidates for the roles as Non-Executive Chair and members of the Seafish Industry Association. Details of this opportunity can be found on the Cabinet Office Public Appointment website at:


Seafish is an industry-levy funded body jointly sponsored by the four fisheries administrations; Scottish Government, Welsh Government, the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and Defra.

Seafish carries out a wide range of activities aiming to promote the consumption of seafood, enhance the reputation of the industry and support the collection of data and provision of information, evidence and advice for decision-making in the supply chain. It offers regulatory guidance and services to all parts of the seafood industry, including catching and aquaculture, processors, importers, exporters and distributors of seafood, as well as restaurants and retailers.
One of the key challenges for Seafish in the next five years will be to support and guide the seafood industry through the changing landscape that leaving the EU presents.
We are looking for a non-executive Deputy Chair who is independent of the sea fish and seafood sector. We are also looking for a minimum of two non-executive members, one of whom will represent the large scale fishing sector and one of whom will be independent of the seafood sector. We are specifically seeking members from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to represent their respective nations to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, help steer the strategic direction of the organisation and balance the priorities of the seafood industry and work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders and partners within the Defra group and beyond.
I would be grateful if you could share the attached adverts with your networks, or let me know of any groups you think we should approach. Please let me know of anyone who you think would be suitable for this opportunity, and do encourage them to apply.

Best regards,


Dr Martina Di Fonzo,

Policy Advisor, Fisheries Bodies team,

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Email: martina.difonzo@defra.gsi.gov.uk