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Responsible Sourcing

Did you know?

90% of wild fish stocks are over-fished or fully exploited. Without fish, the oceans cannot absorb CO2, millions of livelihoods are lost and food security is threatened.

What can we do about it? 

The Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival is a great forum to help educate everyone about how to buy and eat responsibly sourced seafood. We also reward our seafood stands with an award when they use regional and responsibly sourced seafood and give feedback to those exhibitors who could do better.

Our awards’ judges are passionate about sustainability and seafood. Dr Ian Hendy, Head of Science from the Blue Marine Foundation says, “At BLUE we work to designate large parts of the world’s oceans as effectively-managed marine reserves by significantly reducing impact from stopping mobile fishing techniques. The reduced impacts allow for marine wildlife and fish stocks to recover – as a consequence marine ecosystems thrive. BLUE helped establish a model of sustainable fishing in Lyme Bay, Dorset, which combines science and technology to improve traceability of catch. The success of this project is underpinned by the close working relationship with BLUE and the fishermen. The Lyme Bay Reserve habitats and fish stocks are recovering and the fishermen are catching more. A win-win.”

Matt Budden, Executive Chef, Hilton Hotel Bournemouth has a long heritage of buying local produce and responsibly sourced seafood, Matt adds There is so much information about how to choose your seafood wisely.”

A good place to start is the Marine Conservation Society’s website -  support your local fishermen!

Blue Marine Foundation

The Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival raises funds for the Fishermen's Mission - the vital port of call for fishermen and their families.
Fishermen's Mission