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Cornish Fishing and Seafood

Cornish fishing is thriving, and so are fish stocks in the seas around the Cornish coast. If you don’t believe this then look no further than a radical new book on fishing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly that turns many preconceptions on their head. Cornish Fishing and Seafood reveals the true state of fishing and fish stocks in the far South West, and discovers the thriving onshore industry that processes and handles the fish and shellfish landed by England’s last fishing fleet of any size.

Cornish Fishing and Seafood, by award-winning food writer Carol Trewin and renowned photographer Adam Woolfitt, celebrates seafood and sea fishing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and reveals why our only truly wild source of food, harvested by the last of the hunter-gatherers, is special, to be treated with respect. It takes the lid off the myths and misunderstandings surrounding sea fishing, to discover the real state of fishing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Using the words and experiences of fishermen, auctioneers, processors and fish merchants, and with specially commissioned photographs taken over the last year, this book debunks any idea that fishermen are wilfully destroying the very thing that provides them with a living, showing instead the initiatives they have taken to protect stocks for the future.

While celebrating the positive aspects of Cornish fishing, Cornish Fishing and Seafood does not shy away from recent difficulties – decommissioning, cuts in fish quotas, and shortages of manpower. It also looks forwards, and outlines the steps being taken to keep Cornish boats fishing profitably in the twenty-first century.

‘When Adam and I set off to work together on our previous book, Gourmet Cornwall, we discovered that the state of fishing in Cornwall was far from what we had been led to expect by the negative coverage in the media,’ said Carol Trewin. ‘So we were determined to set the record straight and tell the real story of Cornish fishing and seafood, but being realistic about the problems as well as the positive

Described by Gordon Ramsay as telling ‘the true story of Cornish fishing, and why we must love and cherish it’, this book also uses verbatim interviews allowing fishermen, merchants, chefs and others directly linked to the industry to tell their stories in their own words. The book is completed with more than 20 recipes for some of the 50 species of fish and shellfish landed in Cornwall. The recipes come from top Cornish chefs, restaurateurs and fishermen, including Rick Stein, Ben Tunnicliffe and The Bay Restaurant in Penzance.

Cornish Fishing and Seafood has been written with support from Cornish fishing businesses, at sea and onshore, so that profits from sales can help the Duchy Fish Quota Company to keep Cornish fishing quota in Cornwall.

What they say about Cornish Fishing and Seafood

Cornish Fishing and Seafood supplies us with the true story of the Cornish fishing industry and why we must love and cherish it.
Gordon Ramsay
It’s wonderful that a lot of Cornish food, especially fish, is now synonymous with quality.
Rick Stein
This book should be cherished by all who feel that fishing is vital to Cornwall, and that without it the county would be but an empty shell.
Frank Ruhrmund, The Cornishman
Cornish Fishing and Seafood’ is a tour-de-force.
Cornish World
An exciting new book that will transform misconceptions about Cornwall and its relationship to the sea and the fishing industry.
The Seafood Magazine
Cornish Fishing and Seafood takes on a journey, not just from the sea to the frying pan, but also from the tiniest of Cornish vessels to the politics of Europe.
Western Morning News
An uplifting study of a vibrant sector with a bright future.
Coast magazine
Immensely readable, Cornish Fishing and Seafood takes the lid off the myths and misunderstandings surrounding sea fishing, to discover the real state of fishing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Fishing News.
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