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The NFFO Shellfish Committee represents the interests of the crab, lobster and whelk fleets and vessels of all sizes and right around the coast.
The Committee’s work has been centred on the production of a major policy statement supported by the whole industry that would lay the foundations for a stable and sustainable future for these vitally important fisheries. The policy was adopted in 2011 after exhaustive discussion and involvement with all parts of the shell fish fleet. It successfully negotiates the pitfalls that have resulted in more than a decade of false starts in domestic shellfish policy.
In October 2014 The Committee hosted a policy summit in the impressive surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, that brought together Defra policy officials, IFCA representatives and Cefas scientists aimed at kick starting national policy.
The Committee's work extends beyond domestic fisheries policy, engaging at the European level with other fleets and the downstream supply chain. It represents the Federation as an active member of the Atlantic Crab Resource Users Network (ACRUNET), a multi-partner project addressing all aspects of management, marketing and quality in the brown crab fisheries sector.
Bridlington catcher and processor, Gary Hodgson chairs the Committee.