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26th March 2019

Fishing News Awards

The 2019 Fishing News Awards will be held in Aberdeen on the evening of Thursday, 16th May 2019.

The event is dedicated to shining a spotlight on the achievements, expertise and innovation in the UK and Ireland's commercial fishing industries.

This year NFF Members Hodgsons Fish & Midland Fish Company are both up for processor of the year.

In other categories members RX Fisheries, Hastings & World of Fish, Lowestoft are both up for independent retailer of the year.

Voting and will close at midnight on Thursday, 18th April 2019.

Good Luck to all!

Read more about the Fishing News Awards at

23rd March 2019

Fishmonger Vacancy - London

Salary: £20-30k (based on experience)

Start date: 15.04.2019

Weekly rota: 45 hours over 5 days

Experience requirement: minimum 2 years

The Company:

The Sea, The Sea is a new fishmonger and seafood bar opening in central London this April. The company is owned by the founder of the Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack restaurants and takes a unique approach to selling fish by having experienced chefs available on the shop floor to assist customers with cooking advise. The concept also includes a range of house-made 'deli' seafood products such as stocks, sauces and special butters. By night the space transforms into dine-in seafood bar featuring the best of the day's produce with food by executive chef Leandro Carreira. We are looking for an experienced fishmonger to join the team to assist in day to day preparation and sales of fish and seafood.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • The Fishmonger is responsible for overall operations of our fish and seafood retail department
  • Providing unprecedented customer shopping experiences, maximising sales and profitability through unique displays, presentation and excellent communication.
  • Managing our pre-orders and home delivery
  • Retaining a high standard of cleanliness, safety, sanitation and compliance.
  • Highest standards of customer greeting, understanding of needs and service.
  • Giving advice, guidance and recommendations on products and home preparation
  • Preparing and filleting a range of fish and seafood products to our main supplier's specification and under their guidance to provide consistently high standards.
  • Assisting the store manager and chefs maintaining appropriate stock order levels, management, rotation product quality and turnover to maximise sales and minimise wastage.
  • Understanding of an EPOS system to closely monitor performance and react to information contained.
  • Ensuring compliance with all legislation, H&S, HACCP and food hygiene.
  • Train, motivate and mentor other staff involved in the fish counter.
Role Requirements:
  • Minimum 2 year's experience in a similar role
  • You must love fresh fish and seafood and demonstrate a passion for retail.
  • Good knowledge of sustainability and fish seasonality
  • Excellent knife skills and the ability to prepare whole fish to customer requirements, with minimum waste and maximum profitability.
  • An effective, well organised and efficient team player with a strong sense of discipline and urgency.
  • Excellent standards of personal presentation and communication.
  • Food Hygiene level 2.
For more information please contact;

Andrea Secchi -

22nd March 2019

National Minimum Wage Changes

Upcoming Changes to Pensions and Minimum wage

We thought it might be useful for you to know/be reminded of the increases in rates of minimum wage and pension contributions which are to be implemented from 6th April 2019:

25 and over £8.21 per hour
21 to 24 £7.70 per hour
18 to 20 £6.15 per hour
Under 18 £4.35 per hour
Apprentices £3.90 per hour
(U19 or 1st yr)


Employer 3%
Employee 5%

29th January 2019

New President at AGM

The national Federation of Fishmongers would like to congratulate Mr Giles Shaw of Wellgate Fisheries, yesterday unanimously voted to become our new President for 2019

26th January 2019

Training Update January 2019

Smoking courses Grimsby

There are still a couple of places available on the second of the January two-day smoking courses in Grimsby (29th and 30th January 2019). If you are interested then please contact Ivan Jaines White directly (email: Ivan Jaines-White) or view this leaflet.

Sustainable Packaging and Waste Workshop Organised by Menter a Busnes (a partner in the Seafood Training Network for Wales), this half-day workshop is available in North Wales (29/01/19) and South Wales (26/03/19) and aims to help food producers make sustainable decisions on their packaging needs and in dealing with waste. For more information email or view this leaflet.

Three-Day Fish Frying Management courses, NFFF, Leeds Some places are still available for the three-day training course in February (11th to 13th February 2019), please contact for more information.

Other three-day courses commence on March 11th, April 8th and May 20th.

Bivalve Purification Operations Courses This one-day industry focussed purification course is available on 28th February in Bangor, North Wales and on 21st March in Milford Haven, South Wales. Please email Martin Syvret at the Southern Shellfish Training Centre for more information.

Food Hygiene and Health & Safety Qualifications Available anytime and anywhere via Seafish's open learning and online learning programmes, and also via our approved trainer network. These programmes can lead to a nationally recognised and accredited qualification.

See these links Food Hygiene and Health & Safety for further information.

23rd January 2019

Master Fishmonger Standard

Showcase your story, your passion and your business. They have the right tier for you, no matter what your level of experience, register for the master fishmonger standard programmes today

Becoming an MFS certified fishmonger has never been easier!

1. Simply register online at by entering a few basic details about yourself.

2. They'll then be in touch about your knowledge test, where you'll be asked to answer a set of multiple choice questions about all things related to being a fishmonger. You can do the test online, at home, at a time that suits you.

3. Next they'll ask to see evidence of your knife and preparation skills. You'll film yourself at your work doing a series of tasks and then you'll send them to us to review.

And that's it! Three easy steps! Plus for a limited time, you won't have to pay the assessment fees, saving £90.

Once certified, you'll be featured on the Master Fishmonger Website: You'll also be featured on our social media pages: Twitter and Facebook.

You'll also receive a certificate, an MFS window sticker and embroidered badge to go on your overalls so all your colleagues and customers will know that you've been certified!

17th January 2019

Ken Welch

It is with the deepest sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Mr Ken Welch of Edinburgh who died on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

Ken was a Master Craftsman and a fantastic ambassador to not only Fishmongers but also the wider Seafood Industry, respected and liked by all who had the pleasure to meet him.

Ken affectionately known as "Kenny" founded Welch's Fishmongers in Edinburgh in 1959, following his National Service, it is a business that thrives to this day now managed by his son Gary, even though Kenny was never far away from the block, even up until recently!

A stalwart supporter of the British Fishcraft Championships, Kenny wowed the crowds and fellow Fishmongers alike with his filleting skills, which were second to none, producing his famous "Angel Fillets"

Kenny would also be just as happy to pick up a mop or a broom and help the floor crew to tidy up if necessary.

Kenny was the 44th President of the National Federation of Fishmongers serving from 2005 to 2008, one of the first Presidents to serve a three year term, such was his commitment to the industry.

Kenny's passing will leave a void in not only the lives of his family, his loving wife Anne and his children but also the wider Seafood Industry, cited by many as "A true Gentleman"

Rest in Peace Mr Ken (Kenny) Welch.