We buy our fish from the south coast of England on a daily basis from boats across the south.
The fishing boats in the English Channel have been reduced by about 60% in the last twenty years and with the added fisheries protection policies in force, there is a natural balance in the English Channel, not only keeping fish stocks at a constant rate but also increasing the fish stocks in the English Channel, year on year.
The policies for the south coast boats include:
- Limited days at sea for the larger boats
- Trawler mesh sizes to allow smaller fish through
- Smaller quotas on fishing to stop over fishing on species such as cod, haddock and dover sole
- Minimum size increase of fish such as bass
- Trap doors in trawls to allow dolphins to escape
- Fisherman’s fishing scheme to keep an eye on catch levels
All these policies are very highly enforced from both English boats and now foreign boats.
All these measures will allow for long term sustainability along the south coast. So, no longer will fish be over harvested for short term profits and the fishing industry will be here for our children’s children.