Seafood is a multi-billion pound industry in the UK. Four out of five households consume seafood at least once a month and total purchases of seafood in the UK were worth £5.84 billion in 2010.
The breadth and level of occupations in sea fishing vary depending upon the size of the vessel, type of catch and area in which the vessel operate. To go to sea on a commercial sea fishing vessel, individuals must undergo statutory safety training in basic sea survival, fire fighting and first aid. In addition, skippers, mates and engineers working on fishing vessels above a certain length and engine power, or operating in certain sea areas, are required to hold statutory Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Certificates of Competency.
The Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) supports the seafood industry to work for a sustainable, profitable future, and has career information available.
The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre is an innovation centre set up by the Scottish Government to drive innovation and foster collaboration between industry and academia – information about opportunities within the industry is available