More than 70 local businesses have united with the likes of St Austell Brewery and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant to support sustainable fisheries by joining Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Cornwall Good Seafood Guide
An eco label has been produced – the recommended symbol – which can be used by supporters to clearly show consumers that the seafood they are being offered is sustainable.
The Eden Project, which is the latest business to join, will now highlight the sustainable seafood on its menu using the label.
Amelie Trolle, sustainability manager at The Eden Project said, “We are very pleased to be joining the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide in an effort to support our Cornish fisheries, healthy seas, and to promote the visibility of the label.
“Our visitors will find the CGSG label next to some of our most popular dishes containing fresh Cornish seafood, such as the Seafood Linguine and Roast Mackerel. We hope that many more visitor destinations in Cornwall will join this important scheme too.”
The Cornwall Good Seafood Guide has been produced by Cornwall Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Cornish fishing industry. It features information on fish and fishing methods to help consumers see what's currently in season and most sustainable to eat.
The guide also features seafood recipes, a directory of where to purchase great local seafood and a series of ‘meet the fishermen’ videos. The Cornwall Good Seafood Guide can be found online at cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk
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.
The Wildlife Trust has support ranging right across the industry from beachside cafes, to fish and chip shops and fishmongers.
Matt Slater, marine awareness officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust said, “The Cornish fishing industry is something we should all be proud of but knowing what fish to buy can be a complicated issue. Having the support of local restaurants and fish sellers gives people the confidence that they will be offered ‘good’ seafood choices by these businesses.
“This in turn promotes demand for sustainably-caught Cornish fish, and helps make the future that bit more secure for both fish stocks and our inshore fishermen.”
He continued, “Gaining the support of so many local businesses shows that these companies really do care about the seafood they sell. We are delighted that Eden has pledged its support to this project and it’s fantastic to be working with people with such a passion for sourcing the most sustainable seafood they can.
“We would also like to show our appreciation for all our supporters, big and small, and encourage the public to visit the ‘buy Cornish’ section of our website to find details of all those who have got behind this important project.”