The need to catch and consume fish in a more sustainable way has risen dramatically in the public eye and on government policy agendas in recent years. Fisheries in the UK provide a vital source of employment and economic development as well as a historical way of life for coastal communities, especially here in Amble.
As a nation, us Brits are a pretty unadventurous bunch when it comes to seafood. Over 75% of all the seafood we eat comes from the big five: salmon, cod, haddock, tuna and prawns. We don’t catch enough of these in the UK so we end up importing the majority of it. As a result, these stocks have been massively overfished on a global scale and resulted in the discarding of a number of other species, which are of good quality, yet currently lack a stable and viable market. These ‘under-utilised’ species currently represent about 17% of the total English catch. If we want to help solve the problem we need to diversify the different types of fish we eat.
“Thou Shall Hev a Fishy When the Boat Comes In”