About Us


Jimmy Buchan


Jean Meikle

Technical Training Manager

Executive Board


Who We Are

The Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) was formed in 2011 in response to a growing need for a national body to represent the whole of Scotland’s seafood, processing and trading sectors. We now have around 70 members from across Scotland. Almost half of the 12,000 jobs supported by the UK processing sector are based in Scotland (5000, with 3800 in Grampian alone). 

Against a backdrop of increasingly challenging economic, environmental and regulatory conditions, the Association’s principle aim is to ensure that the Scottish seafood processing sector enjoys a viable and long-term future which will continue to support local economies, create jobs and open up career opportunities for our young people.

Its biggest assets are its products and its people. Scotland has a global reputation for the quality and range of its seafood. SSA members are recognised as being among the world’s leading suppliers and processors of quality seafood products to regional, national and global markets.

Our primary objectives are to ensure that Scottish seafood is the first choice for the consumer and that Scottish processors are the first choice of supply.

What We Do

We provide a united voice for our members and for the wider processing sector in the policy and legislation arenas through effective dialogue, consultation, collaboration and partnership working.

We are a member of a number of industry bodies including Seafood Scotland, the Scottish Seafood Partnership, Scottish Seafood Training Network, the North East of Scotland Fisheries Development Partnership, Seafish and the North East White Fish Forum.

The seafood industry is an important and vital contributor to Scotland’s economy and we work hard to ensure that the contribution made by our members and their sector is recognised and valued. Our members provide markets for seafood caught by the hundreds of fishermen who rely on the viability of the processing sector to help sustain the catching sector.

Ensuring the sustainability of the fishing industry is a priority. Seafood is sourced from vessels which catch within UK quotas and guidelines. We also recognise the requirement to implement changes to the general management of the Scottish seafood industry and work in collaboration with other agencies to achieve results which will support long-term viability and sustainability.

In 2016 the SSA achieved a world first when it became the first association of its kind to achieve group certification through the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody programme. A number of members have already received MSC Certification in order to meet the growing demand to supply seafood from sustainable sources. The group scheme makes the accreditation process much more affordable for small and medium sized processors.

Our Industry

There is little doubt our industry faces challenging times; however, the resilience and vision of the Scottish seafood processing sector shows no bounds and through the membership of the Scottish Seafood Association your voice will be heard across the political spectrum to the benefit of yourself and your fellow members.

As membership of the SSA continues to grow, we reaffirm our commitment to help our members to achieve growth in the sector. The fishing industry supports communities around Scotland’s coastline and their economic, social and community input to the country’s economy and way of life cannot be underestimated. Seafood processing is an integral part of that supply chain providing jobs and economic benefit to the communities where processing is located.
Scottish Seafood Association members come from all around Scotland, employing thousands of people both directly and indirectly, predominantly in these fishing-dependent areas.

We are competing in a global market, we have the products, the people, and the presence to secure our place as a world leader in seafood production. Peterhead is Europe’s premier whitefish port; just round the coast Fraserburgh is the largest prawn landing port in the UK and along with fishing ports in the Shetlands and outlying islands in rural Scotland, regardless through the SSA your voice will be heard unconquerably

Investment in infrastructure with ground-breaking innovation, making our processing sector a viable and profitable sector will always be our one of our key priorities  as we look towards existing and new emerging global markets. Future investment in innovation allows business to remain competitive in global and domestic markets as demand for quality seafood continues to grow.

We continue to offer good career prospects in the processing sector across all segments of the primary and secondary process  which support our industry and the communities they are located in. The SSA will continue to engage and promote the jobs and skills required in a modern day seafood processing sector