The new chairman of the Sea Fish Industry Authority, Seafish, has been named as Allied Distillers chairman and ex-CBI Scotland chief Andrew Dewar-Durie CBE, UK fisheries ministers announced yesterday [Thursday]. 

Dewar-Durie, currently Seafish's deputy chairman, will take up the three-year appointment on 1 May 2002. He does not hold any other Ministerial appointments and has not declared a political interest.

He succeeds Eric Davey, who retires at the end of April after seven years as chairman and four years as deputy chairman. 

Dewar-Durie commented: "I am delighted to take over this key role at Seafish at an exciting time in the seafood industry's development.

"Seafood has a growing 'X' factor with fish being one of the trendiest foods and sales at record levels. Seafish's initiatives help to promote seafood, improve quality, test more sustainable methods of fishing and develop better ways of tracing the fish we eat from net to plate.

"All this is part of a very positive picture and is essential is helping our industry satisfy consumers and ensure a continued demand for seafood.

"There are also challenges ahead as I have already seen in my work with industry on the Seafish Board in the last two years, not least for the UK fishing fleet and some seafood processors.  Seafish has an important role to play in providing support and advice to all sectors of the industry at a time of tremendous change. 

"I look forward to my new responsibilities with great enthusiasm."