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Learn about how seafood is sustainably harvested

Did you know that there are 13 different fishing methods in use in Cornwall. Learn all about them in our short films.

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Cornwall's Fishing Industry

Learn more about this important industry, meet the fishermen who are its lifeblood, discover the steps being made to improve the sustainability of the industry.

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Sustainable fishing

Healthy Seas - Productive fisheries

Cornish fishermen respect our seas and increasingly are aware that healthy seas are vital for their future. Find out more about steps being made to improve sustainability.
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Recommended fish currently in season

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Crab, Brown

Crab, Brown, Edible

Cancer pagurus

Potting

mussel

Mussels

Mytilus edulis

Farmed

Hake by Sarah McCartney

Hake

Merluccius merluccius

Gill Netting

Monkfish

Monkfish

Lophius piscatorius and L. budegassa

Gill Netting

mackerel by Sarah McCartney

Mackerel

Scomber scombrus

Handlining

Cornish Sardine by Sarah McCartney

Cornish Sardine

Sardinus pilchardus

Ring Netting

spider crab by Sarah McCartney

Spider Crab

Maja brachydactylus

Potting

Ling

Ling

Molva molva

Gill Netting

Sand Sole

Sand Sole

Pegusa lascaris

Demersal Trawl

Whiting by Marc Dando

Whiting

Merlangius merlangus

Handlining

Squid

Squid

Loligo vulgaris, Loligo forbesi

Handlining

Lobster

Lobster

Hommarus gammarus

Potting

Pacific oyster

Pacific oyster

Magallana gigas

Farmed

Haddock

Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

Demersal Trawl

Striped red mullet

Red mullet

Mullus surmuletus

Gill Netting

Megrim

Megrim

Lepidirhombus whiffogonia

Demersal Trawl

Red Gurnard by Sarah McCartney

Red Gurnard

Aspitrigla cuculus

Gill Netting

Dab by Marc Dando

Dab

Limanda limada

Demersal Trawl

Anchovy

Anchovy

Engraulis encrasticolus

Ring Netting

Plaice

Plaice

Pleuronectes platessa

Demersal Trawl

Carrageenan seaweed

Seaweed

various species

Hand Collection

Brill by Marc Dando

Brill

Scophthalmus rhombus

Gill Netting

Bib

Bib, or pouting

Trisopterus luscus

Beam Trawling

Velvet crab by Sarah McCartney

Velvet crab

Liocarcinus puber

Potting

Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish

Sepia officinalis

Potting

Prawn

Prawns

Palaemon serratus

Potting

Scallop by Sarah McCartney

Scallop

Pecten maximus

Diver Collected

Slipper Limpet

Slipper limpet

Crepidula fornicata

Sail and Oar

Queen Scallops, Seafish

Queen Scallop

Mimachalmys varia

Sail and Oar

Pollack by Sarah McCartney

Pollack

Pollachius pollachius

Handlining

About Cornwall Good Seafood Guide

Cornwall’s fishing industry has never been so sustainable, and Cornish seafood is renowned for its quality and taste. This guide brings you all the information you need to choose high quality Cornish seafood, harvested with minimal impact on the marine environment. It has been developed using best available evidence and through partnership working with the fishing industry, processors and scientists to give comprehensive and clear advice on how and where to buy Good Cornish Seafood...

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What's New

Ratings changes 2018 summarised

Our summer review of all our ratings has now been carried out, with some interesting changes being seen.

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Turst urges public to support local fishermen

New data supports changes to the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide's list of recommended seafood and Cornwall Wildlife Trust urges the public to support local fishermen by buying local sustainable fish.

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Meet the Fisherman

Danny Gilbert

Danny Gilbert

Newquay

Danny Gilbert is a young Newquay fisherman who uses the sustainable method of potting to catch crab, lobster and spider crab. 

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