PUBLISHED: 11:06 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:04 30 August 2017

Chefs and Fishermen

Chefs and Fishermen

Matt Jessop

Cornwall's marine biologists and fishermen have produced a unique new online guide to help us make good choices of Cornish seafood.

For many months marine biologists and fishermen in the county have been working together to produce a unique new online guide to help us all make good choices when choosing Cornish seafood.

Cornwall Good Seafood Guide has been produced by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Cornish fishing industry and using the Marine Conservation Society’s sustainable seafood rating system. The Guide is packed with information on fish species and fishing methods, and even features a directory of where to purchase quality local seafood. It is the product of almost 2 years of work, and is the most detailed local survey of sustainable fish in the UK. The new online guide aims to provide a user-friendly resource to encourage locals and visitors alike to buy Cornish.

“The Cornish fishing industry is something we should all be proud of, but knowing what fish to buy is a complicated issue," Matt Slater from Cornwall Wildlife Trust says. "The Cornwall Good Seafood Guide is an incredible new resource that will constantly be updated so that consumers as well as those in the fishing and food industries can plainly see what's best and most sustainable to eat. We hope that this new guide will help to promote demand for local, sustainably caught fish, which in turn will help develop a sustainable future for both fish stocks and for fishermen.”

The website brings together a huge amount of information on Cornwall’s fish stocks and fishing industry, all of which can now be accessed in one place for the first time. It also features sustainable seafood recipes and a meet the fishermen’ section. The whole project has been brought to life thanks to stunning illustrations and videos.

Tips for how to choose good’ local seafood include:

  • Always ask for locally caught Cornish seafood that is in season,
  • Always ask how it was caught,
  • Be open to trying something different.
  • Look out for the CGSG Recommended’ logo, which will be appearing in restaurants and on fishmongers’ counters in the near future!

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