Cornwall based Michelin-star chef Nathan Outlaw has joined Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, St Austell Brewery and over 40 other local businesses in pledging to support sustainable Cornish fisheries by joining the county’s Good Seafood Guide.
The Cornwall Good Seafood Guide has been produced by Cornwall Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Cornish fishing industry. It is packed with information on fish and fishing methods to help consumers see what's currently in-season and most sustainable to eat. The guide also features tasty 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 www.cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk
Local businesses across Cornwall are being encouraged to become supporters of the project as a way of highlighting the great local seafood they sell, and at the same time educating the public on the best choices to go for.
Nathan Outlaw says:
"In my restaurants, we realise that it is vital to use ingredients that are sustainably sourced and as local as possible. Our fish and seafood comes from local fishermen who use sustainable methods and we have built up strong relationships with them over the years. We realise that in order to enjoy fish and seafood in the future, sustainable fishing methods are a must.
The introduction of the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide has been invaluable as it offers advice about what's happening in our local waters rather than a blanket view. It's a great project and we would recommend it to other local businesses looking to source their seafood responsibly."
As well as high class restaurants backing the guide the Wildlife Trust has support from across the industry, from beachside cafes, to fish and chip shops and fishmongers.
Matt Slater, Marine Awareness Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,
“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.”
Matt Slater continues,
“Gaining the support of so many local businesses shows that these companies really do care about the seafood they sell. We are delighted that Outlaw’s have pledged their 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.”