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02.06.06
Seafood Cornwall to serve-up pollack at Show

Following last year's successful campaign to promote megrim, sardine and spider crab, Seafood Cornwall will again be cooking free samples of local quality fish at this year's Royal Cornwall Show (on Stand 410).

This year Seafood Cornwall will be promoting pollack, mackerel and monkfish as all three species meet consumer demands for top quality, sustainable and seasonal fish. Pollack in particular has received a lot of attention recently as it is often talked about as the 'new cod' although Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of the Newlyn based Cornish FPO thinks we'll have to fight the French off first. "We know that at the moment the French eat most of the Pollack landed in Cornwall as the French really love their pollack (or Lieu Jaune) and rate it much higher than the traditional British favourites of cod, haddock and whiting," said Mr Trebilcock.

Fortunately, the majority of pollack landed in the UK is landed by Cornish boats and as a result local people can access the freshest, highest quality pollack 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 well as giving people the chance to try different fish, the Seafood Cornwall stand (410) will also give visitors to the show the chance to find out more about the quality and diversity of fish species caught and landed in Cornwall. The fish will be prepared and cooked by a selection of local chefs, explained Nathan de Rozarieux, project director of Seafood Cornwall. "We have chefs like Nick Batten from Cornwall College, Roy Heath the Manager of Cornwall NHS sustainable food programme, Steve Ward from Ye Olde Dolphin in Newquay, Robin Turner, Newlyn fish-merchant and auctioneer and even one of Rick Stein's chefs from Padstow," he said.

For further information please contact Nathan de Rozarieux on 01736 874304 or visit www.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.

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Editor's notes:

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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