The Fishmongers’ Company has helped to uphold standards of Fishmongering since 1272. Today the Company maintains its links to its namesake trade by recognising and honouring outstanding achievement in the fish trade. The Master Fishmonger Standard (MFS), managed by the Company, certifies fishmongers with extensive professional skills and knowledge. The MFS covers the full range of career levels within fishmongering, from new entrants into the industry up to the Master tier, that requires at least 10 years’ experience in the trade.
The Fish on Friday website was established by the Company in 2015, with the aim of guiding people to enjoy seafood sustainably, celebrating positive initiatives and providing practical advice on how to enjoy seafood. The site actively promotes in-season, day-boat seafood and aims to reduce the barriers which currently prevent UK consumers from purchasing products caught by the small-scale fleet.
Fishing has been an important element in the UK’s culture, economy and identity for many hundreds of years. Alongside our work at the quayside and fish counter, in 2019 we extended our support towards increased dialogue between UK parliamentarians and the fishing industry, with sponsorship of a secretariat for the existing All Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries, a cross-party group that meets within Westminster to share information on the UKs fishing industry, seafood trade, marine environments and coastal communities. The group publishes policy briefings and holds public meetings, sign up to the mailing list and join the discussion.
The Company also maintains its long-standing historical at Billingsgate Fish Market through the work of its resident Fish Inspector, Robert Embery: The Company also both founded, and continues to help develop and support, the Seafood School at Billingsgate.