‘Catch of the day’ seafood is the focus at Mudeford Quay at a Great Dorset Seafood event this weekend. Dorset Wildlife Trust will be joining forces with local fishermen and Alex Aitken from The Jetty in demonstrating the best choices in seafood, not only for the marine environment but for the best quality fish, supporting traditional Dorset fisheries.
Emma Rance, Marine Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Nationally, 80% of seafood is sold through large chain supermarkets. In many cases, the seafood may be imported and caught using heavy mobile fishing gear which can impact upon sensitive seabed habitats. Transportation times and less selective fishing gear can reduce quality and with seafood, freshness is everything!”
Since July 2011, Dorset Wildlife Trust has been working with local fishermen, retailers and consumers on providing information on seafood choices and sourcing. DWT helps consumers discover where and what seafood to purchase in the online Great Dorset Seafood Directory and Fish Guide. There’s even a directory to find traditional fishers too.
Emma added: “With The Great Dorset Seafood campaign, we want to make it easy for people to make good choices about the seafood that they buy. This can really make a difference to the wildlife off our coasts, it’s good for local fishermen and it tastes better because it’s freshly caught. The campaign slogan says it all, really: ‘for wildlife, for Dorset, for you’.”
The Great Dorset Seafood event will be held on Saturday 1st September from 11am to 4pm on Mudeford Quay. There will be demonstrations and tastings using weather dependent, catch of the day and DWT recommended seafood at 1pm & 3pm. For more information, ring Emma on 07900 402172 or click here.
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For more information please contact Emma Rance at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 07900 402172.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
Lobster promoting Great Dorset Seafood Emma Rance