Denizen (/ˈdɛnɪz(ə)n/) – noun: a person, animal, or plant that lives or is found in a particular place. On Suffolk’s wild Heritage Coast, just upriver from the mouth of the River Ore is a tidal tributary that in the scheme of things looks remarkably unremarkable, insomuch as the inherent beauty of the landscape, the vast, looming skies,… Read More The Denizens of Butley Creek
Ever since I first visited the Scottish ‘prawn’ trawl fishery in Peterhead, I’ve been fascinated by langoustines. How can such an iconic, home-caught and sustainable shellfish species, be surrendered so readily to our export markets? Such flavour, such provenance and such nutrition. Yet another shining example of a fish that is embraced so feverishly by… Read More The Tail of the Langoustine
Twice this year, I’ve rolled along the Wild Atlantic Way down to Galway City and twice I’ve been enchanted and captivated by an innate passion and sense of identity, that is not only infectious, but very hard not to be totally consumed by. Irish hospitality is, of course, legendary and comes with a charm and… Read More Food on the Edge
Having just been engaged by the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, to head up a two year project to impress upon the UK consumer the need to significantly up their consumption of the sustainable crustacea and molluscs that are harvested from our waters, you can probably imagine that right now, I’ve transcended to a new… Read More “Alive, alive oh…..”
Summer is well and truly upon us now and the native lobster season in full swing, with reports of good fishing around the coasts of the UK and with the numbers of juvenile fish in great abundance, which bodes incredibly well for future years. Down in Cornwall, the inshore potting fleet based in Newlyn, have… Read More Lobster love from Port Isaac.
Well, its official. According to my reliable and knowledgable sources on the East coast, the lobsters are now “on the crawl” to use local fisherman parlance. It’s been a relatively slow start this year though; lower than normal water temperatures persisting into the Spring have meant more protracted landings of both crab and lobster here,… Read More Spice-up your June!
Since I’ve been writing, I’ve come across a few like-minded souls who, to use the old phrase are “coming off the same page” as me. Promoting seafood is one thing and the industry surrounding it is massive, but trying to forge the link between the consumer and the guys who catch, is really something else… Read More Crab Stock and 2 Smoking Lobsters
Ever since I was a small boy and scrambled about on weedy, slippery and enbarnacled skin-chaffing rocks at low tide, I’ve met this time of year with huge anticipation. Back in those days my father and I would hope for a good Sou’westerly blow for about a week before a low Spring tide and if… Read More First of the Season
Visitors to my blog will be well aware of my penchant for endorsing, promoting and eulogising about the diversity and exceptional quality of UK seafood. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t recognise other equally important and internationally-acclaimed products that are worthy of note, tell a story of utmost provenance and sustainability and are absolutely… Read More The Skrei Story
Twenty two years ago, lifelong fisherman Edwin (Eddy) Derriman MBE, had a vision. The industry in Devon and Cornwall were faced with the galling reality, that lobster stocks in the South West fisheries were in decline and being continuously exposed to increased effort from both commercial and recreational sectors. This depletion in numbers of adult fish,… Read More A Night to Remember.