Leading fisheries lawyer lined up for global seafood summit speech

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 2 Mar 2018

A leading fisheries lawyer on the Humber will deliver a keynote speech on Brexit's implications at the world's largest seafood business conference.

Andrew Oliver is heading to the North Atlantic Seafood Forum, which starts on Tuesday, in Bergen, Norway.

The shipping and transport partner and head of the fisheries unit at Andrew Jackson, will address an audience of senior business leaders and decision makers from global seafood businesses, on the potential impacts of Brexit on catching and subsequent international trade.

He will present the speech to set the legislative background to Brexit, paving the way for a number of international speakers to expand on the subject.  He will share his thoughts on the legal implications and political negotiations between the UK and EU before taking part in a discussion with other panellists including John Anderson, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation, Torben Foss a director with PWC Seafood, Norway, and Esben Sverdrup Jensen, a director with the Danish Pelagic Producers' Association. 

Grimsby's Mike Mitchell, NASF sustainability advisor for the UK, will chair the session.

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Mr Oliver said: "I'm delighted and excited to be invited to present at NASF, which is without doubt the leading global event for those involved in the seafood sector and an opportunity to hear about key developments and trends shaping the future of the industry.

"Whilst Brexit is a huge issue for the remaining EU states, it is of equal importance to many other states bordering the North East Atlantic, with whom we share the management of straddling fish stocks. The vast proportion of the UK's staple diet of cod and haddock is imported from countries such as Norway and Iceland, so Brexit is a key issue for those countries, as they now face exporting to a third country - rather than a European state."

Andrew Jackson has a long history and involvement in the seafood industry and acted for both the catching and processing sectors in the 1800s. Having initially acted for the local fleets on the Humber, fishing clients today are spread across the globe.

Underlining the area's role in seafood on a global stage, Seafood Grimsby and Humber senior figure, Simon Dwyer, secretariat to Grimsby Fish Merchants' Association, has also chaired a working party to put on a Brexit workshop in Bergen ahead of NASF opening .

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