If I asked you to name a seafood capital of England; Cornwall, Devon or even Cromer might immediately spring to mind, but did you know that Yorkshire has the largest Lobster and Brown Crab fishery in Europe, exporting catches throughout the world.
Over 3,000 tonnes of shellfish are landed into our main ports at Bridlington, Scarborough and Whitby, supporting a vibrant fishing community. But with British palates limited for seafood, the majority of this premium catch is exported abroad, sent live in lorries to the European continent, ending up on tables in Spain and France, and occasionally as far away as China and Korea.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been working for a number of years to promote ‘Living Seas’, including our fisheries, marine life, habitats and coastal communities. Fisheries and the local fishing community are a key part of this work where we have developed longterm partnerships and focussed our fisheries programme across a range of areas.
The Trust has worked with a number of individual fishermen and business to assist with branding and promotion of the best of our local seafood. In Autumn 2018 we are launching a new ‘Signature Seafood’ project, where we have commissioned current Seafish Ambassador and former Seafood Chef of the Year, Rob Green, to create and showcase of the best of Yorkshire seafood. ‘Withernsea whiting’, ‘Whitby crab cakes’, ‘Yorkshire lobster’, we’re hoping to support more local restaurants and help them buy catch from our fleets, promoting outlets that sell local catches and making it easier for you to find them.