First founded as the Oyster Merchants’ and Planters’ Association in 1903, and renamed the Shellfish Association of Great Britain in 1969, the association has steadily extended its range of activities from “harvest to sale” in over a century of support to the industry. SAGB’s aim is to assist and promote the sustainable development of the Shellfish Industry in the United Kingdom. Shellfish contribute nearly 50% of the total value of seafood landed into the UK vessels into the UK. Cultivated shellfish contribute an additional £38 million, from nearly 30,000 tonnes. Despite this, our industry is often overlooked in discussions and decisions that can have huge impacts. The SAGB represents the views of shellfisheries, both wild-caught and cultivated, in debates with the Government, other users of the sea and environmental organizations. We are striving to ensure a more viable and sustainable future for UK shellfish operations. With the increasing legislation and financial constraints facing the industry, our role is more vital than ever. Alongside our lobbying activities, the SAGB also promotes the sustainability of your operations, the health benefits of eating shellfish, brings together buyers and sellers of shellfish and sells the story of this magnificent industry to the public.
Mr. David L Jarrad, Director, has had over 25 years practical experience operating his own shellfish Farming operation in the environmentally sensitive Exe Estuary, South West UK, producing Pacific Oysters, Mussels and Manila Clams. During this time he dealt with all relevant environmental groups, Natural England, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Devon Wildlife Trust etc., as well as regional and national regulating bodies. He has also run his own seafood restaurant as well as running oyster bars at a number of sporting events and shows. In September 2012 he was appointed Director (CEO equivalent) of the SAGB after 3 years as Assistant director. The SAGB represent the vast majority of the Molluscan shellfish growers across in the UK and as such speaks for them. David has a sound knowledge of all species and cultivation techniques of molluscs as farmed in the UK as well as a fundamental understanding of the issues facing the industry from EU legislation to the concerns of the environmentalists.
Mrs. Sarah Horsfall, SAGB Assistant seconded from SEAFISH
Sarah’s current role is within the SEAFISH legislation department having responsibility for the marine environment. Her role can be split into three broad areas:
- Extensive negotiation with governmental organizations in order to represent the requirements of the fish and seafood industry when legislation is being considered.
- It requires a great deal of communication with industry in order to explain and interpret the implications of new legislation.
- It also necessitates a pro-active approach with government and EU institutions, as it is important to be able to identify new developments early and build working relationships with key personnel.
Sarah has worked on all areas of marine environmental legislation, including recently the UK Marine Act, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Common Fisheries Policy as well as smaller legislative initiatives. She has a good understanding of fishing and the seafood industry, and has represented them successfully.