Lyme Bay Reserve Seafood
One of our aims at the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve is to help fishermen achieve top pricing for their catch. To do this we have created the 'Reserve Seafood' brand, which markets the sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay.
This premium product is a result of the fishermen's dedication to catch quality, whereby each fisher is signed up to the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve and is accredited to the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme, which assures catch quality and fishing standards. The voluntary Codes of Conduct that each fisherman adheres to and the science which measures the results of fishing efforts in the Bay informs the sustainability of the product. Each vessel is also fitted with iVMS (inshore Vessel Monitoring System), which guarantees the traceability of each catch. In addition, as the fishermen have agreed to controlling gear levels in the interests of the environment, basic fish handling facilities have been provided within each port, funded by BLUE Marine Foundation and the European Fisheries Fund, which includes chiller rooms and ice making equipment. These have been installed to improve the quality, shelf-life and value of the landed catches for the fishermen. All of this goes a long way towards the long-term sustainable future of Lyme Bay for both fish and fishermen.
Scallop diver Jon Shuker from Lyme Regis quotes, "Why buy Reserve Seafood? Well firstly itís sustainable. The Reserve is carefully managed by the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve to ensure the stocks harvested are to a sustainable level. Secondly all the boats that fish the Reserve are predominantly day boats, which fish from small communities along the coast. This ensures the catch is super fresh. Thirdly by buying Reserve Seafood you are helping to keep traditional fishing villages alive and prosperous for future generations".
Direct Seafoods are currently marketing and delivering this high-quality product. Contact Direct Seafoods direct for further information on 0207 358 1617 www.directseafoods.co.uk.