Seafood Cornwall’s #FishToYourDoor initiative is bringing together fish merchants and customers across the country to support our fishermen through the coronavirus crisis.
Co-ordinated by Seafood Cornwall, a new service is creating a register of would-be fish buyers and merchants across the county – and further afield.
Cornish Fish Producers’ Organisation CEO and project lead Paul Trebilcock is encouraging those practising social distancing, or in self-isolation – or those simply wanting to get hold of top-quality local catch – to get in touch with Seafood Cornwall to arrange contact-free doorstep deliveries in Cornwall of fresh local fish.
‘This is a unique opportunity to support our fishermen and ensure you have access to plenty of healthy, local fish and shellfish,’ he said.
‘We’re working as a team to connect customers and merchants – in turn, this keeps the demand for fish up and keeps our fishermen going to sea. Everyone wins!’
As coronavirus spread and restaurants across the country have been forced to close their doors, fish prices at markets across the south-west slumped. Pulling together as a community and keeping seafood businesses going through the coming months is a priority for Seafood Cornwall – an initiative launched one year ago to support Cornish fisheries.
‘None of us planned for a pandemic. This is an unimaginably tough situation for businesses across the country,’ Paul Trebilcock said.
‘Thankfully, with Seafood Cornwall in place now for over a year, we’re in a great position to support our local seafood businesses, and make the lives of people in our community easier, too. We don’t see this ending once we are through the current situation, rather, this is the beginning of a better relationship between consumers and local fishing fleets so more people can benefit from eating healthy, sustainable locally caught fish and shellfish year-round.’
Those interested in ordering fresh fish and shellfish deliveries to their doors in the coming days, weeks and months are encouraged to get in touch with Seafood Cornwall by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on via Seafood Cornwall’s Twitter presence, or to contact the CFPO through Facebook.
A register of merchants with fresh fish available and vans for delivery is being co-ordinated through the Seafood Cornwall team, who are also happy to answer any questions about Cornish fishing and local, seasonal fish species.