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
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: email@example.com.
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.
||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.
||Rick Stein's cookery school is harbourside in Padstow.
||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.
||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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.investinfish.org.
||9.00 Optional – Tour of National Lobster Hatchery,
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
11.10 Fishermen presentation - Recognising and addressing
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
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 &
Cornish Fish Sustainability Guide – Crick Carleton,
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!
4.00 Thanks & close
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