Fishues / Our fish buying policy


The issues involved in sustainable fishing are sometimes difficult to grasp. While there is undoubtedly a need to think more carefully about which fish we buy there are conflicting ideas regarding what the best methods of conservation are. The bottom line is that fishing communities need to carry on and so alternatives to current fishing practices need to be adopted.

It is true to say that over-fishing has depleted stocks of certain fish like cod and haddock, while pelagics (mackerel, sprats, herring and sardines) are relatively plentiful.

But to say that one fish is OK to eat  than another is to oversimplify. To buy fish ethically means taking into account a whole range of issues such as how and where the fish was caught. For example, we avoid fish that has been caught using deep-sea trawling or pair net trawling. These methods of fishing are indiscriminate and catch whole populations in one swoop – as well as a whole host of other species.

Atlantic Cod is undoubtedly a fish species that is a cause of concern - we buy only locally caught cod that is sustainable and we encourage our customers to try delicious cod alternatives such as Pollack, Coley and mid water Ling.

Traceability is extremely important to guaranteeing the fish we buy is sustainable. We try to only buy fish from local day boats and more often than not know the names of the boats and the method of fishing that has been used. In the summer months we frequently have line caught fish delivered straight to our door from local fishermen.

We try to help people make the right choices without being overbearing or patronising and are happy to answer any questions about where our fish or seafood comes from.
Day boats are small, independent boats that, as the name suggests, go out to sea and return the same day. This guarantees they are only catching from local waters where populations are more sustainable and, due to the small scale of their operations, means they are not overly depleting stocks of fish using industrial fishing methods. This fish is of the highest quality and is reflected in the higher market price it achieves.

This compares to the “Beamers”. These are large fishing vessels that go out to sea for 6 – 10 days at a time and catch enormous quantities of fish from a much wider geographical area. Because they fish using industrial methods, it means they can bring in fish 20 – 30% cheaper.

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Fish sustainability

We avoid fish that has been caught using deep-sea trawling or pair net trawling. These methods of fishing are indiscriminate and catch whole populations in one swoop – as well as a whole host of other species.