The Wild Oceans project is all about promoting responsible seafood, raising awareness of our very own fantastic sea and the species in it, the threats that non-sustainable fishing practices pose to our marine life, and focussing inwardly and the situation in Cumbria. We want to diversify Cumbrian tastes in seafood, increase appreciation for those less famous fish species and give people confidence to buy and cook a wide range of fresh fish. Ideally we could return to the catch of the day times, supporting our fishermen in landing a wider range of fish, knowing that every edible fish that is caught has a market value and so reducing the pressure on the most targeted species and the wasteful throwing away of the others (and supporting our fishmongers in stocking these fish). To get there there has to be a market for those less-popular (but delicious!) fish, which is where the consumers come into play. On that note, we have three simple messages for our fish-eating public:
- Buy locally-sourced fish if you can get it; let’s be the market for our own fishermen and then support them to be more sustainable.
- Buy line-caught fish if it’s available; this is a safer option in terms of environmental impact.
- Try something different! Gurnard, mullet, dab, herring, flounder, coley… the options are almost endless!
The Morecambe Bay: A Wealth of Wildlife Project
The Morecambe Bay: A Wealth of Wildlife Project is a three year project that aims to connect communities with the inland, coastal and marine environments through a series of initiatives that will increase access to the beautiful natural places between Fleetwood and Ulverston. Supported by Natural England through Access to Nature, as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme, this project will also be working in partnership with many other organisations and will encourage a greater diversity of people to connect with wildlife. [ more information... ]