What’s for dinner?

When the funding behind projects comes to an end sometimes the drive and actions generated can inadvertently fizzle out too. The hardest thing to achieve is making the drive and actions self-sustaining so that without the initial funding and without particular individuals those things become habitual, more likely to continue and grow than not.

One such initiative hoping to achieve sustainability is Signature Seafood Yorkshire with its emphasis on locally sourced, seasonally available fish. Not only does this initiative support sustainable fishing* it also aims to be a self-sustaining concept built out of encouraging culinary knowledge, and creating and maintaining local demand in the longer term. Like other successful concepts it includes aspects of the past e.g. the continuing traditions of fishing, and varieties like Whiting and Mackerel, with a modern twist e.g. à la mode recipes, outlets on social media.

Have a look here to find out more – like where to get your Yorkshire seafood and also to access a collection of recipes using seafood sustainably caught off the Yorkshire Coast.

Signature Seafood Yorkshire logo

*Sustainable fishing isn’t difficult to imagine, it’s where the amount of fish caught leaves a viable population and where the fishing methods used don’t irreversibly damage the biodiversity and habitats that support the fish population. There are a number of conservation designations – Special Protection Area, Special Area of Conservation, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Marine Protection Area, Marine Conservation Zone – along the north and east Yorkshire coast because of the importance of the habitats here.

Coastal landscape near Port Mulgrave - tide out. Copyright NYMNPA.

1 thought on “What’s for dinner?

  1. Sustainability and fishermen sounds like an oxymoron. Regardless of what preventative methods were introduced over the years by successive governments to reduce the amount of fish or other sea foods caught, fisherman have always found a way around. Perhaps thats changed or is changing over recent years years.

    There have been numerous complaints from fisherman locally (Whitby), of scallop dredgers operating along our NE coasts and using satnav to ensure they don’t miss any ground, have been taking huge amounts of scallops off our coast with no thought of sustainability. I’ve seen pictures of the damage to the grounds they fish – as you can imagine its destructive and they have absolutely no consideration or care regarding sustainability. But then the fishermen I went to school with over 50 years ago didn’t care either.

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