Fishing into the Future

Many fishermen are calling for a sustainable approach to fishing and fisheries management, and can see the positive changes that have been made across the industry. Most want to do more, and can see how this could be achieved. They are the original stakeholders – with the most to gain, and the most to to loose – when it comes to the fishing industry.

We take action to enable these fishermen to build a sustainable and prosperous industry from the bottom up. We capture their ideas and harness their passion for the industry to deliver focused projects that tie in closely with our aim: to chart a course towards sustainable and prosperous UK fisheries.

We look to focus our resources very precisely on improving the interactions between key sectors: helping to build trust, find common ground and create innovative solutions. Our work is then delivered through industry collaboration. This means we work with others to provide fishermen with the tools they need to engage fully with fisheries science and management, and to secure a vibrant future for UK fisheries.

The thread of sustainability runs through all that we do – for the sake of the environment, the fishermen and the communities they support.

Our objectives are to:

Support sustainability: to deliver sustainable fisheries with a long-term outlook
Promote Innovation: to reduce impacts on the marine environment through good practice
Build prosperity: to see resilient and thriving communities based on viable fisheries


We want all who go to sea to fish understand the theories and practices of sustainable fishing, and align their businesses with these approaches. To help us achieve this, we are developing innovative pilot training courses that will provide fishers with the tools they need.


Fishermen are resourceful, resilient and highly practical. We support this spirit of innovation and look to help the industry: share ideas and knowledge; increase awareness of good practice around the UK; support and improve the innovation-research-adoption process.

Science and Data

Resources for research are dwindling, the demand for better evidence is going up. We are creating a Fisher-Science Interface Programme to build trust and collaborative action between fishers and scientists to help bridge this gap.

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Our flagship training course - Business of Fishing - ran in Scotland in June this year. We were honoured with a Royal visit, where His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales met 25 leading Scottish …

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