Website proves a real catch for seafood customers
sustainable bass tagging scheme in operation in Cornwall,
which offers line-to-plate traceability, is being extended
in 2006 after increasing the first sale value of line caught
bass by up to 20%.
The South West Handline Fishermen's Association last
year launched a tagging system and website part funded by
the South West Rural Enterprise Gateway (SWREG), delivered
through the Business Link network and Seafish. The website
allows customers to trace a fish, through its tag number,
to the fisherman who caught it and has proved so successful
it is this year being extended to include pollack line fishing.
Nathan de Rozarieux is project director of Seafood Cornwall,
based in Newlyn. He said the response from local skippers
and fish merchants has been terrific. "The local
fishermen have been totally committed to the scheme from the
start because they want to make clear the value of handline
fishing. We now have around 30 skippers who are part of the
scheme and fishermen from Devon are also getting involved.
"At the moment the bass is tagged, landed, and
from auction goes to restaurants and shops, some of it as
far away as the Far East but local demand for it is also pretty
strong. Because it is a traditional, sustainable method of
catching fish, customers are reassured that it's dolphin
friendly and it's also much higher quality than bass
caught by pair-trawlers."
Nathan is hoping to encourage the growth of more groups
of fishers in the South West by becoming part of SWREG's
Lee Richards, Business Link project officer for SWREG in
Devon and Cornwall explained, "The Rural Enterprise
Gateway aims to help rural businesses access information,
training and business development support. The knowledge network
is one aspect of that service, made up of specialists who
can supply high level research and information. Groups can
use the network for research requests or to receive tailored
reports that meet their specific information needs. It has
previously only been available to land based businesses but
is now available to the fishing industry.
"With the introduction of Seafood Cornwall and
Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre to the network, we can
offer even more support to a variety of businesses in Devon
and Cornwall and hopefully encourage the creation of more
handline tagging groups throughout the South West",
Nathan concluded, "We're really pleased with
the success of the website and want to get involved with the
knowledge network to let as many people in the industry know
we're here and that we can help."
"Although tagging isn't economically viable
for all line fishing, we would like to see more skippers get
involved with the bass and pollack schemes. We're looking
into working with other groups in Jersey, Guernsey and Normandy
and then we can start thinking about the possibility of supplying
bass to supermarkets in the future."
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the South West Rural Enterprise
Gateway (SWREG) through the European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF). In addition the Programme has
also invested in the Fisheries Resource Centre through the
Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG).
SWREG is an element of Business Link's Gateway
service aimed at helping rural businesses in the south west,
through access to information, training and business development
It is one of the support schemes aimed at helping rural and
land based businesses across Devon, Cornwall & the Isles
of Scilly and administered by the Business Link Agricultural
Team. Others include:
• Cornwall Food and Drink Partnership scheme
• Rural Business Support Initiative
• Rural Diversification Capital Grant Initiative
• Rural Directory
Business Link Devon and Cornwall delivers the national Business
Link service to the two counties under contract from the DTI's
Small Business Service.
Business Link provides a free information and enquiry service
via an information gateway on the web www.bldc.co.uk
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and
those considering starting a business.
The South West of England Regional Development Agency
is one of the nine RDAs covering England and charged with
creating conditions in which businesses and communities can
thrive. The South West region comprises Gloucestershire, Dorset,
Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly; and the unitary authorities of Bath and North East
Somerset, Bournemouth, City of Bristol, North Somerset, Plymouth,
Poole, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, and Torbay.
South West England has almost 5 million residents. More than
half live in rural areas – the highest proportion for
any English region. It also covers the largest land area of
any English RDA. The RDA has a budgetary allocation of £131.4
million in 2003/4 and £130.8 million in 2004/5.
The European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
is one of the four funds that make up the Objective
One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which is
making £314m available to support the local economy
between 2000 and 2006.
EAGGF aims to:
||Help preserve the link between diversified farming and
||Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture
as a key activity in rural areas.
||Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural areas.
||Help to keep thriving communities in rural areas.
||Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape
and the rural heritage.
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