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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 …

Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2017

The 2017 Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen conference will be held at Aberdeen Conference and Exhibition Centre on May 26th and 27th. Full details will be available soon.

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Straight A report for Nolan Seafoods

Nolan Seafoods (UK) has been awarded BRC AA accreditation for the second year in a row. The AA grade, introduced in 2015, is the top grade awarded by BRC certification following audit and recognises the highest standards of food safety and food handling. Founded in 2002 and based in Aberdeen, Nolan Seafoods is part of the Nolan Group. It is one of the largest processors in North-east Scotland, employing 200 staff. It currently produces 80 …

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MSC certified Scottish haddock supplies improve with new certification

Fish and chip shops and restaurants should find it much easier to source certified sustainable Scottish haddock following a move by the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) earlier this year. Members of the SSA have worked together in a bid to increase the supply of MSC certified Scottish seafood throughout the UK supply chain and meet the growing demand for sustainable seafood. The first four members to gain certification under the MSC’s Group Chain of Custody …

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Congratulations Laeso Fish Ltd

We would like to congratulate the first group of staff from Laeso Fish Ltd on their successful completion of the Level 1 Food Hygeine Course. Michael Bates took great pleasure in presenting staff with their certificates.