Cornwall’s Good Seafood Guide

Helping people make good seafood choices 

What does Cornwall’s Seafood Guide do for nature?

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For many years, fish buyers found it difficult to find accurate information on the sustainability of local seafood caught by Cornish fishermen. In Cornwall only ring net caught sardines and net caught hake are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, but over sixty species are landed and the industry had no way of proving its sustainability.

To tackle this issue, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust worked in partnership with local businesses to look in detail at the wealth of fish landed to Cornish ports by Cornish boats and score them all fairly on their sustainability.

The result of this work is the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide which gives buyers all the information they need to ensure they make the right seafood choices.

Cornish favourites such as line caught mackerel, pot caught crab, farmed mussels and Cornish megrim are amongst the many species listed as recommended.

Local businesses across Cornwall are now being encouraged to become supporters of the project as a way of highlighting the great local seafood they sell, at the same time as educating the public on the best choices to go for. Supporters of this worthwhile project can use a logo to highlight the sustainable seafood on offer to their customers, on packaging, menus, fish counters and websites.

Pete Fraser, owner of Harbour Lights fish and chips in Falmouth said;

“I am very pleased to have been involved and I urge other fish and chip shop owners, restaurateurs and fish sellers to get on board and support Cornwall Good Seafood Guide. What has been created is a valuable eco-brand for Cornwall and for the benefit of its fishing industry. It is hoped that with time the guide will achieve a huge recognition amongst locals and visitors to Cornwall and we think it is a great incentive to the industry to continue to improve its practices. In time it will be great to see all of Cornwall’s fishing industry classed as sustainable”.

Harbour Lights were a winner at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards last year.

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