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).
We are currently offering FREE weekday delivery, with a minimum order value of £35.
We use DPD for all our deliveries who provide a 'Next Day' service for us. During busy periods, please be patient with DPD delivery drivers
Saturday delivery is £10 (for all orders under £100. For orders over £100, delivery is free) Please note, delivery charges may change due to weekly / monthly promotions
Which courier do you use to deliver?
We work with DPD UK who provide us and our customers with a fantastic service.
How much weight do Live Lobsters lose when cooked?
The Lobster weight listed on our shop are 'live' weight. All Lobsters lose a small amount of weight once cooked. The general guideline would be:
10-15% loss for a Cooked Lobster
15-20% loss for a Cooked, Split and Cleaned Lobster
What to expect when you purchase a Lobster
Delicious White Meat - this can be found in the tail and claws of the Lobster
Tomalley - this is the soft green, red or black substance which is found in the body cavity of Lobsters that fulfills the function of both the liver and pancreas.
It is perfectly safe to eat and is often considered a delicacy. It may be eaten alone or used in sauces for flavour and as a natural thickening agent.
Normally this is within 48 hours (taking into account that we deliver Tuesday to Saturday). This allows us time to source, prepare, dispatch and deliver your order to you.
For example, if you place an order Monday, we can deliver Wednesday. Place an order on Friday, we can deliver on Tuesday.
However, please note that during busy periods this may be a longer leadtime.
What to expect when you order a Live Lobster
When you receive your lobster, remove it from the protective packaging that it has travelled in. Place the lobster on a tray, cover it with a damp cloth or tea-towel and put the tray into the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it. At 4oC, or below, a lobster will drift into a hibernative state. We would recommend cooking your lobsters within 24hrs of receipt
What to expect when you order a cooked Lobster
White Meat can be found in the tail and claws of the Lobster. In some female lobsters you may find Tomalley - this is the soft, dark green or red substance which is found in the body cavity of Lobsters, that fulfils the function of both the liver and pancreas. It is perfectly safe to eat and is often considered a delicacy. It may be eaten alone or used in sauces for flavour and as a natural thickening agent.
What to expect when you buy Live Mussels
Our mussels arrive with you live. To store them, leave them in the net that they arrive in. Twist the net so that any slack is taken up and place them in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or tea-towel and place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare them. We would recommend using the mussels within 24-36hrs of receipt. NOT suitable for home freezing unless you cook them first
What to expect when you purchase Oysters
To store your oysters once they arrive, remove them from all packaging and place them on a tray, or plate. Make sure you place them cupped-side down, with the ‘flat’ side uppermost. Cover them with a damp cloth or tea-towel and place them in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them. We would recommend eating the oysters within 24-36hrs of receipt. NOT suitable for home freezing unless you cook them first
What to expect when you purchase Crab Meat
We only sell fresh hand-picked Cornish crab meat and whilst the pickers are experts, they are not infallible. Please be aware that occasionally a small piece of shell may get left in the pot with the meat.
Can I amend or add to my existing order?
Please call one of the Team on 01208 262202 and we will assist you with this.
Rest assured that we will make every effort to source fresh product for your order, however, if we are unable to do so for any reason, we will replace it with a frozen alternative.
The availability of all seafood at market can be impacted by many different factors – Seasonality, bad weather, tidal variations, which boats are landing, or even good old-fashioned fisherman’s luck… and in the current circumstances, unprecedented demand has further added to uncertainty.When fish happen to be plentiful at market, we try to buy a little extra which we expertly prepare and blast freeze, here on site, for just such an eventuality. The replacement should arrive with you frozen. Do not re-freeze seafood that has defrosted.
Unlike many of our competitors, we will NEVER send you frozen, or previously-frozen, lobsters. ALL our lobsters are cooked fresh to order on the premises. This allows for them to be frozen on receipt, should you wish to consume them at a later date
Can I choose my Delivery Date?
Yes you can! As you make your way through the checkout process you will see our delivery date selector. Simply select your preferred date from options available.