You can enjoy your seafood this summer AND protect Dorset’s marine environment, according to Dorset Wildlife Trust, announcing the new Great Dorset Seafood Fish Guide. The easy to use online guide will be launched at the Dorset Seafood Festival and covers species and their variety of capture methods, giving consumers, retailers and chefs the first ever Dorset checklist of approved seafood.
a return to a healthy and productive marine environment by helping consumers make the right choices in seafood
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Great Dorset Seafood Campaign, launched at last summer’s festival, promotes a return to a healthy and productive marine environment by helping consumers make the right choices in seafood, working with retailers to source their seafood from low impact fisheries and well managed stocks and by providing information on the way marine species are caught in Dorset. The new guide covers many of the fish caught in Dorset and considers the status of fish stocks and the fishing practice, promoting those with the minimum environmental impact.
Emma Rance, said: “Now, for the first time people can see what is good to eat in Dorset and for Dorset. We are standing up for local fishermen and for local marine wildlife by putting our seal of approval to seafood that is fresh and locally caught, using more selective capture methods. These fishing practices are sensitive to the environment and provide high quality seafood, so it’s good for you and it’s good for Dorset and its wildlife.”
Dorset fish that get the green light on The Great Dorset Seafood guide include pollack, mackerel and black seabream caught using rod and line; and lobster and edible, velvet and spider crab caught in the traditional way using pots. Seafood with a red light from the campaign includes rays, skate and cod owing to their stock levels or conservation status.
The payback is fantastic, fresh, locally supplied seafood that supports the local economy
The new guide will be launched at the Great Dorset Seafood stand at Dorset Seafood Festival at Custom House Quay, Weymouth, on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July by celebrity chef and campaign supporter Mat Follas, who will be cooking up Great Dorset Seafood for people to taste at 3pm on both days. Mat said: “It takes a little extra thought and care sourcing and selecting Great Dorset Seafood. The payback is fantastic, fresh, locally supplied seafood that supports the local economy and employment and great tasting food!”
The Great Dorset Seafood Fish Guide will be live from Saturday 7th July at greatdorsetseafood.org.uk/fishguide
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
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Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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.
Dorset rod and line caught mackerel - Emma Rance
Mat Follas Masterchef winner 2009 with Emma Rance Marine Conservation Officer DWT- N Hoar
Smoked Chesil mackerel pate - N Hoar