(Above) Spider Crab © Trevor Rees (below) edible crab © Paul Naylor (below) Fish advisor app screenshot © DWT
To celebrate Dorset Food Week, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted to announce the launch of a new app, designed as an offline tool to help members of the public make informed decisions when buying and eating seafood.
The ‘Fish Advisor’ app, available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, is part of DWT’s ‘Great Dorset Seafood Campaign’. Users can get more information about a variety of Dorset-caught species and their fishing methods, summarising each species with a traffic light scoring system. For example, the app approves rod and line caught mackerel and gill or fixed net sole, but in the case of shark and ray species, DWT suggests avoiding them completely.
There is something we can all do to help on a local scale
DWT’s Marine Conservation Officer, Emma Rance said, “On a global scale marine species face an uncertain future. They are threatened by overfishing and unselective, damaging fishing methods. However, on a local scale, there is something we can all do to help, and using DWT’s new Fish Advisor app will mean the general public can find out more about the seafood they consume. We are encouraging everyone to choose species that are caught locally, using more sensitive capture methods such as rod and line, or pots. By making the right decisions in a fishmongers, café or restaurant, we can improve the health of Dorset’s seas. The power is with the people!”
Find out more about the Great Dorset Seafood Campaign
There are over 40 species of fish caught in Dorset alone, largely supporting a fleet of small boats using traditional methods. For more information about the Great Dorset Seafood Campaign, visit our webpage.
Download the app on a variety of devices
The app is available to download on a variety of devices on Apple, Andriod and Amazon. (Click for links)
For more information please contact Emma Rance at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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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.