What we can help with

The Scottish Seafood Association provides a number of services for members at special member rates. This ranges from training in food-related and associated industry courses to support with compliance, HSE, audits, documentation and accreditation. We also work with industry partners who can provide guidance on issues such as funding, business development, product development and efficiency programmes.

Some of our services are available for non-members at a non-member rate.

Industry Standard Training

The Scottish Seafood Association (SSA), in association with the Scottish Seafood Training Network, offers a number of training courses for members, delivered at our training centre or onsite in the workplace by our Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS)/Seafish approved trainer.

Introductory Food Hygiene (Level 1)

Basic two-hour course for low risk seafood businesses or where a foreign language taught course is essential. REHIS accredited. Available in seven languages.

Elementary Food Hygiene (Level 2) 

Available as one-day taught course or as an open learning programme in four languages. Leading by examination to REHIS qualification.

Intermediate Food Hygiene (Level 3) 

Available as an E-learning programme or a taught course over three days, leading by examination to REHIS qualification.

Advanced Food Hygiene Diploma (Level 4)

One-week course concluding with written assessments and formal written and oral examinations to gain REHIS Diploma.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Level 1

Four-hour introductory training course introducing the principles of HACCP. REHIS accredited

Introductory Seafood Quality Assessment

Four-hour course delivering a mix of theory and practice on the assessment of whitefish and flatfish.
Opportunity to progress to Intermediate and Advanced courses

Fish Filleting Training Programme

Topics include:

  • Safety and care of tools
  • Cleaning and hygiene
  • Different fish filleting techniques
  • Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills

    SVQ Level 2 & 3 for managers, supervisors, team leaders and operatives

    The SSA also works in association with industry partners to provide additional training in:

  • Manual Handling
  • Fork Lift Driving
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • HSE First Aid at Work
  • Health & Safety
  • Support

    The SSA Development Officer can advise our members across a range of business areas including:

  • MSC Certification
  • Compliance with Environment Health Officer (EHO)
  • Compliance with Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
  • HACCP – review or development your process
  • Auditing
  • Food Safety Systems and Documentation
  • Workwear and Supplies
  • New product development
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Industry Networking

    As the national representative body of the processing sector, the aim of the SSA is to promote and protect the interests of the sector while creating and maintaining stronger links with the wider industry.

    We make sure our members’ voice is heard during policy and decision making processes at all levels of government and within the various bodies representing the Scottish fishing industry. In doing this we recognise that it is vital to effectively engage with the catching sector, to share information and to ensure that we work together for the mutual benefit of both sectors and the long- term future of the fishing industry as a whole.

    We sit on a number of industry bodies, and we also represent the Scottish processing sector at industry events and conferences at home and abroad.

    MSC Accreditation

    In 2016 the Scottish Seafood Association achieved a world first when it became the first association of its kind to achieve group certification through the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Group Chain of Custody programme. The benefits of this are now available as an exclusive member only service.

    The move to gain group certification came in response to high demand for the supply of MSC certified seafood, particularly Scottish haddock – the mainstay of fish & chip shops and restaurants.

    The cost of gaining certification was prohibitive for many small and medium-sized processors, but under the group certification scheme offered by the SSA, the cost is now much more affordable through the group rate.

    A list of members who have already gained MSC Certification can be viewed on the Scottish Seafood Association page on the MSC website

    Information for members on how to apply for certification can be found in the Members Area.

    The MSC is an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. Only seafood from fisheries that meet strict MSC standards for sustainability can be sold with the blue MSC label.

    All along the supply chain, from sea to plate, MSC certified fish and seafood is separated from non-certified. It is clearly labelled and can be traced back to a certified sustainable source.

    Our Partners

    Seafish

    At Seafish, our mission is to support a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future for the seafood industry — http://www.seafish.org/

    Seafood Scotland

    Seafood Scotland was set up “by the industry for the industry” in 1999 to increase the value of return to the Scottish seafood sector — http://www.seafoodscotland.org/

    The Scottish Seafood Training Network

    The Seafood Training Network is an initiative established by Seafish, the Seafood Training Academy, and fish and shellfish apprenticeship providers in Northern Ireland — http://seafoodacademy.org/ScottishSeafoodNetwork.htm

    MSC

    The MSC is an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing, and safeguard seafood supplies for the future — http://www.msc.org.uk