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Sustainable Fish Summit at Stein's Cookery School, Padstow

Local fishermen and fish merchants will, today, get the chance to meet with some of the biggest names in the retail trade, environmental organisations, restaurateurs, scientists and journalists to discuss the sustainability of fish stocks around the shores of the South West and Cornwall in particular.

There have been many accounts in local and national media in recent years raising fears over the sustainability of fish stocks. Consumers are increasingly being advised on 'fish to eat' and 'fish to avoid' and supermarkets too are seeing sustainability emerging as a central element of their business.

But, through often over-simplified reporting, the Cornish fishing industry's voices are seldom heard as they struggle to inform the public of the range of measures being taken to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks, as Nathan de Rozarieux, Seafood Cornwall Project Director explains, "We want the public to know that we rate sustainability as highly as they do and that the Cornish Industry is already engaged in regular constructive dialogue with all major environmental groups such as WWF, the Marine Stewardship Council, the Marine Conservation Society and Greenpeace."

Today's event, organised with the kind help of Rick Stein and his team at the Cookery School, will provide an opportunity for an informal, frank and stimulating debate on the fish stocks around Cornwall and steps being taken by the industry to ensure their sustainability in the long term, including the ground-breaking 'Invest in Fish SW' project.

The day will see presentations from all groups represented followed by a 'Ready, Steady, Cook' lunch 'cook-off' using local line caught Bass and Pollack supervised by Rick Stein's chefs. In the afternoon, a panel of experts will take part in a session of questions from the audience.

For further information please contact Nathan de Rozarieux on 01736 874304 or 07870 154910 or email:

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Seafood Cornwall through the Financial Instruments for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) Fund.


Editor's notes:

1. 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
2. Rick Stein's cookery school is harbourside in Padstow.
3. The Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) was established by the Government in 1981 and is a Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the four UK government fisheries departments. Seafish works with all sectors of the UK seafood industry – fishermen, processors, wholesalers, importers, exporters, seafood farmers, fish friers, caterers and retailers – to raise standards, improve efficiency and secure a sustainable future.
4. Invest in Fish South West a project launched in 2004, is bringing together the fishing industry, environmental NGOs, statutory agencies, recreational sea anglers, fish merchants, processors and restaurateurs to work out the best plan for sustaining fish stocks in South West focusing on the Celtic Sea, English Channel and Western Approaches. This ambitious three year study is reaching its final consultations stages prior to publicising its findings and preferred management options for a sustainable future for the fish stocks and the livelihoods that depend upon them. For more information contact Sylvette Peplowski on 07771 954044, email or visit

Full itinerary:

  9.00 Optional – Tour of National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow
10.15 Coffee & registration
10.30 Welcome: Jill Stein
10.40 Introductions David Harris, Chairman, Seafood Cornwall
10.50 CEFAS Scientists presentation (10 min + 5 min questions)
Introduction to Fisheries Science - Dr Mike Armstrong (CEFAS)
11.10 Fishermen presentation - Recognising and addressing the challenge
Fishing for a Future – Paul Trebilcock (CEO, Cornish Fish Producers Organisation).
11.35 NGOs (WWF, MSC, MCS and Seafood Choices) .
eNGOs & Industry: a partnership to improve fisheries management, reduce the impacts of fishing, promote sustainably caught seafood
12.15 Invest in Fish SW - The Way forward – Heather Squires, Project Manager, IiFSW
12.25 Challenges for buyers (M&S, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrison's & Youngs-Bluecrest).
Selling sustainable fish – Andrew Mallison, Manager, Fish Procurement, M&S.
Fish for Life – Mike Mitchell, Youngs-Bluecrest.
12.40 Seafood Cornwall (Present Sustainability guide & questions).
Cornish Fish Sustainability Guide – Crick Carleton, Nautilus Consultants.
1pm Ready, Steady, Cook lunch - mixed teams led by four of Rick Stein's head chefs
2.30 Question Time – A panel of experts face a grilling!
3.45 Conclusions
4.00 Thanks & close



Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
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