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