Increased support for fishermen and fishing communities

Although the UK fishing industry provides work for over 20,000 people and contributes significantly to our economy, some fishing communities are currently suffering profound deprivation.

Increasingly, therefore, Seafarers UK’s grant-making will be focused on supporting UK fishing communities. There are some very specific challenges relating to the occupation of fishing and the way it impacts on fishermen and their families which need greater attention.

The challenge now is for the fishing and maritime charities and those with an interest in the sector to more widely engage with it and support sustainable change within fishing communities for future generations of fishermen.

Fishing for a Future

To ensure that Seafarers UK’s funding will be used in the most effective manner and achieve the greatest impact, Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC) was commissioned to establish an overview of what is needed to address some of the socio-economic challenges in UK fishing communities.

As a pro-active grant-maker we wanted to create an evidence base that was informed by the authentic voice of fishermen themselves. Through visiting, and listening to, fishing communities around the UK it has been possible to obtain a deeper understanding of their needs. The Fishing for a Future Report  findings will be used to inform our strategic grant-making with well-grounded project ideas that we hope will go some way to effectively tackling the needs and challenges that fishermen face every day at work at sea and on shore.

Fishing for a Future – the findings

The Fishing For a Future Research Project includes a detailed socioeconomic analysis of 41 individual ports in the UK.  A summary of the key thematic issues arising from the individual port analysis have been captured and documented.

The final research report has been built and informed through a rapid evidence assessment (REA) of the available literature. The interim findings from the REA, the port analysis and the survey were shared with fishermen and key stakeholders at a UK Fishing Forum held on 8 January 2018 at Fishmongers’ Hall. Summary notes of the event are also available.

Download the full Fishing for a Future Report. If you have any questions, or wish to discuss any aspect of this report, please call Seafarers UK on 020 7932 0000 or email



Recent grants

Seafarers UK works closely with many organisations and projects involved in providing services to fishermen in need and their communities. Learn more about some of the grants we give out to support this area of need by using our grants search tool.

With your support, we believe we can do more to help our beneficiary organisations support fishermen and their families.

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