FISHING vessel owners and skippers are encouraged to take part in the annual survey of the UK fishing fleet.
This year’s survey begins on Monday 5 July and will run throughout the summer. The survey is carried out by Seafish, the public body that supports the UK seafood industry.
The annual socio-economic survey asks questions about the financial performance of fishing businesses and demographics of their crew.
The Covid-19 pandemic meant that last year’s survey had to take place by post and online.
However, the easing of restrictions means that researchers will visit ports and harbours over the summer.
Field researchers Juan Carlos Paredes Esclapez, Oscar Wilkie and Joe Cooper all return to work on the survey for a third year.
They will follow local guidance and health and safety protocols as they meet vessel owners and skippers.
Commenting on the launch of the 2021 fleet survey, Marta Moran-Quintana, Economic Analyst at Seafish, said: “We’re delighted that our fleet researchers will be able to meet owners and skippers face to face again.
“Normally about 70% of the fishermen we meet in ports agree to complete the survey.
“We hope that owners and skippers will again be willing to spare some time to chat with Carlos, Oscar and Joe about their businesses and crew.
“The fleet survey provides data which is useful to the industry at all levels.
“From national federations seeking to influence government to individual owners making decisions for their business.
“It’s only by speaking with all types of fishing businesses that we can provide accurate, comprehensive and current data for the industry.”
Mike Park from SWFPA, Harry Wick from NIFPO and NUTFA’s Jerry Percy are among those who have spoken out in support of the survey.
They have recorded short video messages which highlight reasons for fishing businesses to take part.
These will be shared from Seafish’s social media channels in the coming weeks.
Individual fishing businesses who take part can opt to receive a free benchmark report.
This compares their vessel’s economic performance to similar vessels which can help identify areas where improvements can be made.