Where to Buy Dorset Seafood
Buying Dorset-caught seafood generally means a higher quality product, as boats bring their catch ashore daily rather than relying on ice to keep it fresh for days at a time before the boat returns to port. With seafood, freshness is everything.
Persuade your seafood supplier to support their local fishermen and show provenance. Get to know your local seafood - there are over 40 species caught in Dorset to choose from. Be more adventurous and ask for what is in season, rather than sticking with the old favourites. Don't be afraid to ask.
To search local seafood outlets click on the Dorset Food and Drink logo below:
Buying Sustainable Seafood.
To read the latest sustainable seafood ratings for Dorset fish visit the Marine Conservation Society's Good Fish Guide.
Fresh Seafood - What to Look For?
Eyes - bright and clear. They go grey after a few days.
Shelled and uncooked bivalves such as scallops, mussels or cockles should close tightly when handled and show no signs of damage.
Crabs and lobsters:
Cooked - should be weighty and shell undamaged.
For cooking live crabs and lobsters, please be mindful of the RSPCA Unacceptable Killing of Crustacea Guidelines:
Low impact pots and traps
Fresh red gurnard
Fresh handline seabass
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