Cornwall Life goes fishing for the future

PUBLISHED: 16:03 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:05 20 February 2013

Sea Bream

Sea Bream

Fish For Thought supplies top restaurants with its locally caught produce, and now has an online business for those seeking out the freshest Cornish fish

Fish For Thought supplies top restaurants with its locally caught produce, and now has an online business for those seeking out the freshest Cornish fish


The excited squawk from seagulls overhead in any fishing village is always a good signal that the fresh catch of the day is approaching market. With up to 40 different species landed daily across Cornish harbours, when it comes to fresh fish and seafood Cornwall really does have it all. Cornwall is blessed with thriving fishing ports up and down the north and south coasts, all contributing millions of pounds to the Cornish economy each year. The close proximity to the ocean, healthy and prolific fish stocks and experienced and dedicated skippers means fish caught off the Cornish coast makes its way onto the menu of some of the countrys top restaurants.
It was a lifelong affinity with the ocean and a passion for seafood that led Paul Trudgian to set up his company, Fish for Thought, in 2007, delivering fresh Cornish seafood direct to your door.
Fish for Thought began life supplying local restaurants and has since expanded by acquiring an online seafood company and bringing the businesses together. You could say were your modern-day fishmonger, fusing fishing, one of the earliest skills known to man, with the modern-day power of the internet, says Paul. We are also the only online Cornish fishmonger to have our own boats, The Resolute and The Manx Ranger and we buy fish daily from all the South West markets, including Mevagissey, Newlyn and Looe.
Our aim is simple to source the finest fresh fish and seafood and deliver it nationwide directly to our customers door. Were fortunate enough to live in a county which can confidently claim to be the source of some of the worlds finest fresh fish and seafood. We want to play our part in helping build a healthy and sustainable future for the Cornish fishing industry, Paul says. By working closely with the markets and the best local fishermen, were able to deliver fresh quality fish and value for money.
Fish for Thought also works closely with local suppliers, including Fowey Sea Farms and Tregida Smokehouse. Its these partnerships that ensure Fish for Thought is able to supply the broadest range of Cornish fresh fish and seafood. As well as the full range of fish, it offers crab, lobster, oysters, mussels, clams, smoked fish and luxury frozen products.
Weve got great links with some fantastic local suppliers, who were in constant contact with, to ensure both the quality and sustainability of the source is maintained. For example, we source our rope-grown mussels from Fowey Sea Farms, who are the first farm in Cornwall to set ropes directly in grade A waters. This is a sustainable method of fishing.
Fish for Thought was the first online retailer to achieve Marine Stewardship Council accreditation, an official recognition for standards in sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. Sustainability is vital to us and we are committed to working closely with the industry, Paul says.
Fish for Thought now employs nine people and Paul is in no doubt that they are a vital ingredient to his successful business. I am very lucky to have such a great team. They are all highly skilled and dedicated, and take massive pride in what they do, says Paul.
We want to make fish and seafood more accessible for the many people who avoid it, either because they are not sure how to prepare it or they dont like bones. Our customers can request how they would like the fish to arrive whole, headed and gutted, or filleted and portioned, and we will do the rest, ensuring the fish arrives just how they want it.
Now working with some of the top chefs both in Cornwall and London, and with more customers ordering online, Paul is very excited about the future. They recently hosted celebrity chefs, the Hairy Bikers, as part of their UK tour. We had such a great time with Dave and Simon, showing them Newlyn Market and then taking them out to catch lobsters with local skipper, Jeremy Hosking. After a few successful catches we headed back to the harbour, and local chef Adam Clarke from Bedruthan Steps Hotel prepared our fresh catch.
Delicious Cornish mackerel is perfect for the upcoming alfresco dining and BBQ season, lobster prices are falling and hand-picked crab is also really delicious. Whatever your taste, if you love fish and seafood, Fish for Thought can help.


For further information contact Fish for Thought on 01637 806103, www.fishforthought.co.uk

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