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Support UK fishers and get local, sustainable seafood delivered to your door

Date posted: 6 April 2020

As the global Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact restaurants and businesses, it has never been more important to support local, responsible fishers and suppliers. 80% of the fish caught by the UK’s fishing fleet is exported, mainly to Europe and Asia. However, as the pandemic forces the closure of the export and import markets, UK fishers are left with huge volumes of seafood which might often be overlooked.

Fishing Boat
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The seafood caught around the UK is world-renowned, it graces Michelin starred tables across the continent, yet rarely reaches our tables at home.

Jack Clarke,
Sustainable Seafood Advocate

Fish and shellfish such as hake, langoustines, crab, whiting and lemon sole are frequently exported, with the demand for the same species in the UK market being much lower. In the UK, we tend to prefer the ‘Big Five’ species: cod, haddock, tuna, salmon and prawns, but most of this comes from overseas – the UK imports two-thirds of the seafood we consume. MCS is urging the UK’s seafood lovers to think locally and sustainably when purchasing seafood in the coming months.

Jack Clarke, Sustainable Seafood Advocate at MCS said: “It’s so important that we support the UK’s fishers at this crucial time when their livelihoods are at risk. The seafood caught around the UK is world-renowned, it graces Michelin starred tables across the continent, yet rarely reaches our tables at home. Many suppliers to restaurants which have been forced to close their doors are pivoting, and offering consumers restaurant-grade seafood at reasonable prices. Purchasing local, sustainably caught seafood is a fantastic way of supporting small businesses and reducing your food’s carbon footprint alongside being a chance to try something new.”

As the UK lockdown continues, many suppliers and businesses are pivoting to ensure they can stay afloat, now offering door-to-door deliveries of local, sustainable, restaurant-standard seafood. With such an array of sustainably-caught seafood options available on our doorsteps, why not trade in traditional tuna, cod or prawns for something locally caught and equally delicious? The added bonus is, you can reduce food miles in the process.

Take a look at the map to see just a snapshot of some of the most sustainable wild-caught seafood local to you, consult the table for more inspiration, or if you have a certain species in mind, check the Good Fish Guide

Local sustainable seafood

For more local, sustainable seafood options, take a look at this helpful table which includes the species’ Good Fish Guide rating.

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