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13.04.06
Seafood Cornwall launches its 2006 campaign with local mums group

Seafood Cornwall recently launched its 2006 buy local quality fish campaign with a local mums cooking group in Hayle. The group, organised by Cornwall Neighbourhoods for change (CN4C), allowed the group of 8 local mothers to find out first hand how quick and easy fish is to prepare and cook.

This year Seafood Cornwall will be promoting Pollack, Mackerel and Monkfish so the chefs for the day were given day fresh top-quality Pollack from Newlyn boat "Little Pearl" FY23 to cook with. Following an excellent demonstration all of the mums quickly got to grips with filleting and skinning the fish before discovering the versatility of fish by experimenting with baking it, microwaving it and even using it in a fish risotto.

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) course tutor, Emma Wooderson said: "It was great to be able to demonstrate to our learners the use of fish. I was surprised at how little fish is used in people's daily diet. The group stated how much they enjoyed the session and they were impressed at how easy and quick it is to cook fish and had learnt more about what local produce is available thanks to Seafood Cornwall who supplied us with the fresh Pollack."

"Fish and Seafood are often overlooked as a quick, healthy and cost-effective meal solution so what was great about this group is that it demonstrated how easy cooking with local fish can be," said Nathan de Rozarieux, Project Director of Seafood Cornwall. Mr de Rozarieux explained that in France, and particularly in Brittany, Pollack (or Lieu Jaune as it is known) is a highly valued species being rated higher than the traditional UK favourites of Cod, Haddock and Whiting.

Cornish boats land more Pollack than any other vessels in the UK and as a result local people can access the freshest, highest quality in the country. Better news still is that Pollack stocks are good and as a result many of Cornwall's leading chefs are putting Pollack on the menu this summer. Despite its growing popularity Pollack remains a relatively cheap substitute for Cod in almost any dish.

As in 2005 Seafood Cornwall will again be serving-up tasters at a number of shows and events throughout the summer starting at the Royal Cornwall Show on 9-11 June. Further information on all three species can be found on the Seafood Cornwall website at www.seafoodcornwall.org.uk.

For further information please contact Nathan de Rozarieux of Seafood Cornwall on 01736 874304 or email nathan@seafoodcornwall.org.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Seafood Cornwall through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) fund and Neighbourhood Pathways, employment programmes delivered by CN4C and run in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, through the European Social Fund (ESF).

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Editor's notes:

CN4C is a community-based regeneration company working with some of the most deprived communities in Cornwall, and building bridges into the wider community. For further information visit www.cn4c.org.uk or call our free-phone 0800 328 4065.

Seafood Cornwall, an Objective One Fisheries Programme grant funded project, offers advice to industry on fish quality issues and is working to improve marketing and promotion of fish and seafood. Seafood Cornwall is based at the Cornwall Fisheries Resource Centre, 78b The Strand, Newlyn, contact Nathan de Rozarieux, 01736 874304. For more information about the project visit www.seafoodcornwall.org.uk.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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