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Sustainable Cornish Seafood

We can all help our oceans by making well informed decisions when choosing seafood. Look for Cornish seafood labelled with our recommended symbol. Here are a few species from our recommended seafood list.

Why should we care

Scallop by Sarah McCartney


Pecten maximus

Queen Scallops, Seafish

Queen Scallop

Mimachalmys varia

Method: Sail and Oar

spider crab by Sarah McCartney

Spider Crab

Maja brachydactylus

Method: Potting



Lophius piscatorius and L. budegassa

Method: Beam Trawling

Cornish Sardine by Sarah McCartney

Cornish Sardine

Sardinus pilchardus

Method: Ring Netting

Velvet crab by Sarah McCartney

Velvet crab

Liocarcinus puber

Method: Potting

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Meet the Fisherman

Alan Dwan

Alan Dwan

Port: Newlyn

Alan Dwan is skipper of the Newlyn hake netter, the Ajax. They fish offshore and are at sea for trips of up to 5 days at a time.

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Danny Gilbert

Danny Gilbert

Port: Newquay

Danny Gilbert is a young Newquay fisherman who uses the sustainable method of potting to catch crab, lobster and spider crab. 

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