Our Policy on Sourcing and Sustainable Seafood
Provenance is very important and our fish can be traced back to the name of the ship and the fishermen who caught it.
The inshore day boats which go sea fishing from the numerous coves in Cornwall catch the freshest and most ethically sourced fish available and their traditional fishing methods are the most ecologically friendly fishing undertaken around our coast line, causing minimal impact on stocks and the marine environment, essential for healthy waters.
The Cornish fishing industry is well managed and highly regulated by the EU. The fishing fleet has reduced significantly in capacity over the last 20 years and modern technology has made catching more efficient. Together with improved stock management at an international level these have all resulted in an industry that is more sustainable than ever before.
Although, having access to only 4% of the fishing quota, small sustainable fishing fleets are a solution to the crisis facing our dwindling fish stocks. They fish selectively and use seasonally diverse methods that allow fish stocks to recover and are generally considered to fish in a more low-impact way than industrial-scale larger trawlers, that are capable of catching several hundred tonnes per night and destroy the marine environments.
The Cornish fishing industry is an integral part of the county’s historical, economic and social structure. We need to protect the livelihoods of future generations of Britain’s low impact fisherman who are the lifeblood for many rural Cornish coastal communities.
Cornwall sits at a maritime crossroads with warm Gulf stream currents bringing warm water species, and cooler northern currents bringing cold water species. As a result their fishing grounds are home to an astonishing diversity of fish, shellfish and crustaceans. 10 species on the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Good Fish List’ are caught and landed in Cornwall on a daily basis.
We believe that responsibly-sourced seafood lies at the heart of a sustainable 21st-century seafood industry.
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