Last reviewed 11 May 2022

A £1 million package to boost seafood exports and promote the industry’s high-quality produce overseas has been launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for International Trade (DIT).

The aim is to target growing overseas markets and provide new export opportunities for the UK fishing industry and seafood sector following its departure from the European Union.

Global exports of UK seafood amounted to over £1.6 billion in 2021, with salmon the UK’s fourth top food and drink product exported that year, totalling around £730 million.

The Seafood Exports package will: identify new overseas buyers and connect them with UK seafood companies; promote UK seafood at international events; and increase expertise on British seafood produce in UK Embassies and Consulates.

The £1 million investment is the final part of the £100 million UK Seafood Fund of which full details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-seafood-fund.

Minister for Export, Mike Freer, said: “This funding will provide a real boost to businesses, particularly SMEs. It’s a genuine step change for current exporters, as well as those looking to access new seafood markets for the first time.”

Food and drink is already an important part of the Made in the UK and Great campaigns, he pointed out, supported by HM Trade Commissioners, Trade Envoys and Export Champions.

Seafood specialists funded by the package will work closely with existing agri-food and drink attachés who help broaden market access for UK businesses and resolve any technical barriers preventing businesses from reaching global markets.

The specialists will, the DIT said, bring vital insight to help address industry-specific challenges and offer a more tailored approach to promoting seafood in new and existing markets.