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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.