OUR CORNISH FISHING INDUSTRY IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD OF, BUT KNOWING WHAT FISH TO BUY IS A COMPLICATED ISSUE. THIS WEBSITE AIMS TO ADDRESS THIS BY SUPPORTING THE INDUSTRY, HIGHLIGHTING GOOD PRACTICE, AND ENCOURAGING LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE TO BUY CORNISH.
To provide clear and accurate information to help us all make environmentally informed decisions when purchasing locally caught seafood.
Reasons to choose Cornish:
The Cornish fishing industry is well managed and highly regulated. Our fleet has reduced significantly in capacity over the last 20 years, and this combined with improved stock management at an international level has resulted in an industry that is more sustainable than ever before. The Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (CIFCA) proactively manage our inshore fisheries, and constantly carry out research to further our knowledge.
Cornish waters have a high level of protection through a variety of environmental legislation. This includes protected areas such as the network of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).
In addition, fisheries legislation such as the mackerel box, the hake recovery plan, and the fishing industry-led seasonal Trevose closure, have contributed to the sustainable management of our fisheries.
Cornish fishermen use a wide variety of different fishing methods and catch over 60 different species of fish throughout the year. There are many examples of direct improvements being made to capture methods in Cornwall that help make our fisheries some of the most sustainable in Europe.
Who is leading the project?
Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the leading local wildlife charity that works to protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places, are working on this EU and MMO funded project project in partnership with representatives from all sectors of Cornwall's fishing industry. To better protect the sea we believe it is vital to work with the fishing industry, as healthy seas lead to more productive fisheries.