SEAT working with the BRC

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a trade association representing the whole range of retailers, from the large multiples and department stores through to independents. As well as campaigning to promote and defend retailers’ interests, the BRC also provide advice for their members on threats and opportunities to their business.

In April, 2013 SEAT helped the BRC facilitate a meeting of their members to discuss the issues surrounding warm water prawn farming.

Prof. David Little and Dr. Francis Murray (both Univ. of Stirling) with representatives from the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO) and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) attended the meeting. Providing background information on shrimp farming and feed to the delegates from Britain’s supermarket chains as well as input into discussions on –

  • Sustainable feed: the different types of feed meal the impact of sourcing/use on environment, producers and effects on fish quality.
  • Traceability and how this can be improved and encouraged
  • Animal welfare: what is eye ablation and why is it practiced?

As well as this meeting SEAT has also launched a discussion forum on it’s Facebook page. If you’ve got any comments or queries about aquaculture you can ask the experts here!

Photo © Loni Hensler