Wild Seabass Fillets (Frozen)
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Wild Seabass Fillets (Frozen)

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We are delighted to announce that Fish for Thought are now able to supply line-caught Wild Seabass to our customers for the first time this year

Following the lifting of the landing ban for line-caught Wild Seabass in 2019, the recent re-classification of this majestic fish (Line-caught only) on the MCS listings to "Recommended", is not only a triumph for fishery management in our waters, but also an exciting development for serious fish lovers across the land. For the Wild Seabass is undoubtedly seafood royalty - A fast-swimming sleek-muscled silver predator who has traditionally enjoyed iconic status in the Cornish fishing industry.

For 20 years, a virtual absence of management of the Seabass fishery in the North-East Atlantic saw widespread over-fishing and eventually culminated in 2016 with a "Zero Catch" instruction being issued by the authorities, as stocks were deemed dangerously low. This radical intervention has thankfully led to a recovery for the species and while the marine biologists opine that there is still a way to go before the Seabass reaches the sort of proliferation last seen in the 1980's, the general consensus is that we are firmly on the right track.

So much so, that in September last year fishing for Seabass with hook and line, the most sustainable fishing method of all, and with strict landing size parameters to be adhered to, has been re-introduced off our coast. Cornwall also has several designated bass nursery areas within estuaries, where national legislation prohibits taking of Seabass and fishing from a boat. In addition, in 2018 Cornwall IFCA passed a byelaw banning the use of gill nets in Estuaries and rivers. Estuaries are known nursery areas and these strict measures will benefit many other native species as well as addressing concerns over the targeting of Seabass brood-stock during spawning season.

We are now seeing Bass landed at market by small hand-lining boats on most days that wind and weather allow. It is due to the sporadic nature of the landings and the resulting variability in volumes of catch, that we have decided to offer this as a frozen product to ensure continuity of supply for our customers. We will buy at market when the fish is available, scale, fillet and pinbone the fish, cut them into 160g portions and immediately blast freeze them in pairs (seabass generally freezes beautifully).

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