Grimsby seafood leader brings forward high profile Brexit workshop at North Atlantic Seafood Forum

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Feb 2018

NEXT month sees seafood executives gather for the major international conference, the North Atlantic Seafood Forum. 

On this world stage, Grimsby’s Simon Dwyer has hosted a major workshop on Brexit, working with respected NASF managing director, Jørgen J Lund.

More than 70 chief executives attending the event in Bergen, Norway, have signed up, with guest of honour, Sarah Gillett, the UK ambassador there. 

Mr Dwyer, who has chaired the NASF Brexit Workshop Committee, said: “Political change of this magnitude is unprecedented in modern Europe, and views will inevitably differ according to the perspectives of nationality and sector – some will see Brexit as an opportunity, while others will see it is a risk. 

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Amongst all this uncertainty, we can be clear about one thing: that change is inevitable, and while seeking to influence the nature of that change, the business community will also need to be resilient and adaptive when it does come. 

“With everything up for discussion at this point, from quota and fishery access rights for the fishing sector, to international free trade agreements for the trading sector, Brexit represents huge uncertainty, and has the potential to significantly disrupt established business practice and international trade flows.

“With so much at stake, we have specifically designed this workshop as an essential resource for seafood company chief executives. We will review progress of the fluid and dynamic Brexit process, with a very special focus on how the potential outcomes could impact the multi-faceted business of international seafood trade.

“The UK’s decision has momentous implications, not just for the UK, but widely, across all aspects of society and across all parts of Europe and the European Free Trade Area. 

“At the time of the NASF 2018 conference, we will be almost exactly half way through the Article 50 process - an ideal time for us to consider progress to date and the potential future consequences of Brexit on our businesses.”

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The workshop, on March 6, will be chaired by president of the European Fish Processors and Traders Association, Guus Pastoor.

Mr Lund said: “As part of our ongoing service to the seafood industry, the NASF team has organised this unique opportunity at an ideal juncture, for senior business leaders across Europe and the wider European Free Trade Area to come together to discuss the challenges and consider the possible outcomes and impacts of Brexit.”

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