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Young Seafood Leaders Network launches in the UK as an exciting project to nurture and retain talent within the UK seafood industry is being created by Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry.

The Young Seafood Leaders Network will champion young seafood professionals. It was officially announced at the UK Seafood Summit today (18th October) during the opening speech by Marcus Coleman, CEO of Seafish.

Mr Coleman said: “At Seafish we believe that Seafood Is the Way Forward. We have a vision of a thriving seafood industry. For that to happen we need to identify and grow the next generation of leadership in the industry.

“We will draw upon our unique pan-industry, pan-UK position to create and enable a network for the next generation of young seafood executives to come together and explore how they can innovate and lead change in the industry.”

The Young Seafood Leaders Network will be a platform for knowledge sharing and identification and appreciation of best practice. The goals are to:

• Provide opportunities for the exploration of business ideas
• Provide networking opportunities
• Facilitate partnerships and mentoring between young professionals and experienced industry practitioners
• Develop leadership skills; and
• Identify professional development opportunities

Mr Coleman used his opening remarks at the UK Seafood Summit to encourage potential participants to come forward and express their interest in either being part of the new Network or a member of the Steering Group that will be responsible for shaping the outlook and activities of the new Network.

He said, “We see the Young Seafood Leaders Network being very much self-directed with Seafish providing support where needed. We would like to hear from aspiring seafood leaders between the ages of 25 and 40 years of age who are passionate about their own development and that of the UK seafood industry in general.”

To express an interest in the Young Seafood Leaders Network please email youngseafoodleaders@seafish.co.uk