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Trade Associations, Who Needs Them?

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By Nick Read, British Trout Association.

By Nick Read, British Trout Association.


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  • 1. Tilapia Workshop 18 June 2009 Nick Read British Trout Association nicholas.read@btconnect.com
  • 2. British Trout Association  Executive officer: David Bassett  0131 472 4080  david.bassett@britishtrout.co.uk
  • 3. British Trout Association 1. The industry we serve 2. Scope and Roll of the Association 3. Structure 4. Funding
  • 4. UK Trout Sector • Circa 300 registered farms • Almost all SME’s, mainly owner/operator • Trend towards grouping of businesses • Specialist production sectors  Fry& Fingerling  Restocking  Table Trout Growers
  • 5. UK Trout Sector Production Statistics Total of 17,300 tonnes rainbow trout  13,000 table production  4,300 restocking production Farming Units  Ranging from <10 tonnes to >1,000 tonnes  Fresh water, land-based, flow through farms & cage sites  Approx 2,000 tonnes of large trout grown at sea
  • 6. UK Trout Sector Employment • Direct Employment: 600 FTE’s • Upstream & Downstream Activity: 1,300 FTE’s Economic value First Sale (ex-farm) – Value in region of £34 million Total Industry Turnover (including processors & angling) – Estimated value £180 million
  • 7. British Trout Association Scope and Roll 1. represents 80% UK trout production 2. liaises with EU & UK legislative & regulatory bodies 3. co-ordinates and funds R&D, through cash/in-kind 4. manages “QTUK” quality assurance scheme 5. handles issues management 6. member of Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) 7. administers British Trout Farmers Restocking Association (BTFRA) 8. Generic Promotion of trout products
  • 8. BTA Structure and Relations Up / Down Stream BTA industries & associations FEAP WAPA BTFRA QTUK General Public Media BTA Core Relations Scottish Government DEFRA FRS SEPA EA CEFAS UK FEAP VMD FSA EU Commission EFSA
  • 9. Quality Assurance Quality Trout UK • Standards cover Fingerling to Fork (hatchery through processor) • Managed & administered by BTA • Inspected and Certified by EFSIS • Accredited by UKAS to EN45011 • Represents 80 % of table production, 90 % of processed product • Pan-European trout QA scheme has being discussed • Dialogue with World Wildlife Fund is in progress • QA now a pre-requisite for supply, not a marketing tool
  • 10. BTA Funding Total funding approx £150K/year Around 50% from a feed levy collection Remainder as direct membership and levy on feed purchases, therefore a ‘fair’ system £150K buys one full time staff member, one consultant, some part time help, an R&D budget, a retained ‘expert’, and office costs.
  • 11. Core aims: • to provide a legislative framework within which the industry can thrive • to ensure legislation is based on sound science • ensure R & D is directed to meet current and future legislative constraints • promoting fish as healthy food & aquaculture as a sustainable practice • to encourage innovation to reduce production cost in line with falling food prices • to speak as the voice of the industry • access to EFF
  • 12. Trade Association Building Blocks  1. Constitution and Rules  2. Recognition as speaking for the sector  3. Funding system  4. Code of Practice  5. Quality Assurance  6. Best practice ‘Briefing Notes’  7. Appropriate R&D  8. Generic promotion
  • 13. Who needs a trade association?  Individual farming businesses  Government and its agencies  Supply chain stakeholders
  • 14. Objectives To provide a forum for the National Associations that represent European Fish Farming To develop common opinions on issues of importance To communicate those opinions to relevant authorities To have early involvement and to influence proposed legislation
  • 15. Representation a The Federation is composed a of National Aquaculture or a a a Fish Farming Associations aa a a a 28 Associations represent a a a a a a 23 European Nations aa a a a
  • 16. Operating Structure FEAP President J. Stephanis (Greece) Management Committee President Assembly General Secretary Vice Presidents Member Associations C. Hough (Belgium) P.B. Torgnes (Norway) A. Chaperon (France) G.Larrazabal (Spain) Commissions Working Groups • Species • Issues • Topics • Initiatives
  • 17. Commissions & Working Groups In order to respond to the importance and the variety of issues, the Federation has established Permanent Commissions and ad hoc Working Groups, which report to the Assembly and the Management Committee. Permanent Commissions for : General Topics [Plenary] Environment Fish Health Marketing and Promotion European Affairs
  • 18. Commissions & Working Groups In order to respond to the importance and the variety of issues, the Federation has established Permanent Commissions which report to the Assembly and the Management Committee. Permanent Commissions for : General Topics [Plenary] Environment Fish Health Marketing and Promotion European Affairs
  • 19. Commissions Species-specific Topics Portion Trout Salmon and Large Trout Mediterranean Marine Species Freshwater species (non-salmonid) FEAP meets regularly twice a year (May and October) and, exceptionally, at other times. Proposals on important issues are debated in the Commissions, Resolutions are developed which are forwarded to relevant EU bodies, through ACFA.
  • 20. Advisory Committee on Fisheries & Aquaculture (ACFA) Plenary 2 Seats Working Group 4 Working Group 3 (General Issues) (Markets) 1 Seat 1 Seat Working Group 2 (Aquaculture) 5 Seats
  • 21. British Trout Association The End Nick Read nicholas.read@btconnect.com David Bassett david.bassett@britishtrout.co.uk 0131 472 4080