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SSA raises serious concerns over immigration system with government


Amid serious concerns about the impact of the government’s points-based immigration system on seafood processing, SSA chief executive Jimmy Buchan met Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland Douglas Ross along with other food sector representatives in Elgin today. Mr Buchan said Mr Ross had assured him that he understood the potential hazards of the system for a range of industries, from seafood to soft fruit farming to hospitality. “He made it clear that he is …

Call for urgent discussions with UK Government ministers


Two of Scotland’s largest seafood organisations united today to call for urgent discussions with UK Government ministers amid concerns about the impact of post-Brexit immigration plans on the sector. The Scottish Seafood Association and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation highlighted the dependence of the processing sector on overseas labour and stressed the importance of ensuring that businesses were able to be fully staffed to deal with the growth in seafood volumes from January 2021. SSA …

Scots seafood processors outline vision for the future


Jimmy Buchan, chief executive of the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA), is in an ebullient but pragmatic mood as he discusses the challenges facing the Scottish processing sector as the final post-Brexit trade arrangements are thrashed-out with the EU. Never has it been so important for Scottish seafood processors to have the proper cohesive representation provided by the SSA because of the range of hurdles involved in the negotiation, most notably in balancing the expectations of …

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Seafood processors call for continued tariff-free trade and access to labour


Scotland’s seafood processors are demanding continued tariff-free trade and access to labour in any Brexit deal reached between the UK and the EU. In a new 2020 Vision document, the Scottish Seafood Association has outlined the sector’s key objectives for the trade negotiations and beyond, with minimal impact on the sale of seafood in EU markets and recognition of its businesses’ employment needs the joint top priorities. SSA chief executive Jimmy Buchan said: “Fundamental to …

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New heights for seafood processing sector as companies gain SSA standard


A major drive to improve standards across the seafood processing sector in Scotland has paid dividends. Nine companies have succeeded in achieving the new Scottish Seafood Association Standard, and of those, six are being assessed for SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) accreditation. The SSA Standard is an initiative that involves the training of staff, guidance on aspects of the business, factory audits and mentoring. SSA Chief Executive Jimmy Buchan said: “A significant part of …

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How our SALSA plus Seafood Standard is bringing real benefits to members


At the SSA, we recognised a specific need to drive and improve standards within the Seafood Processing Industry. To meet this requirement we have developed our own technical standard that is bespoke for the seafood processing sector – the first of its kind in the UK. The SALSA plus Seafood standard delivers a minimum standard for the seafood processing sector, and our aim is for all SSA members to be accredited with this technical standard. …

Workplace Ready programme


SSA has launched a Workplace Ready programme for new entrants to the seafood industry. Developed with partners including Polaris Learning as part of the NESFLAG project (story below) the two week course is free of charge to trainees and consists of a series of accredited training modules in food hygiene, health & safety, knife and filleting skills, seafood assessment, storage and handling. Find Out More

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Scottish Seafood Association – Preparing to cut a new future


The Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) is spearheading a two-year pilot project to attract and prepare new entrants for a career in seafood processing and to train and upskill the existing workforce, an initiative which will be key to raising industry standards and delivering sectoral growth. The project approved by NE Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group (NESFLAG) includes funds for training equipment and a part-time (2 days per week) training post for the duration of the …

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Seafood processors unite to form federation


Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP launches new “Scottish Seafood Processors Federation” initiative from the Scottish Pavilion at the Brussels Seafood Expo At a recent meeting of the Scottish Seafood Association, Scottish Pelagic Processors Association and significant large independent processors there was unanimous agreement that a Federation be formed with an extended invitation to other Scottish seafood processing associations to join with them to create an over-arching body that will create unity and strength across the …

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Jimmy Buchan takes on new role with SSA


The Scottish Seafood Association (SSA), national representative body for Scottish seafood processors, has appointed Jimmy Buchan as its new Business Manager. Jimmy, who is well known as the star of the BBC series Trawlermen, brings more than 40 years’ experience as a fisherman and skipper to the role which will see him support the association’s 70 members, representing them on policy issues and through partnership working with other industry bodies. Jimmy succeeds Michael Bates, Business …