Features


  • A way of life

    Joanne Coates spent more than three years working on a photo project documenting North Sea fishermen. Here she explains the motivation behind her remarkable pictures.

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  • What makes Christmas special

    Everyone has their own special traditions at Christmas. Here’s our roundup of how fishermen, fishmongers and chefs around the UK will be celebrating – and, crucially, what they’ll be eating – over the festive period.

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  • Mussel beach

    On an off-grid escape to a Scottish island, Louise Bell and Christian Smith discover that wild mussels are delicious, abundant and easy to find – if you know where to look.

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  • Into the storm

    On 15 November 1928, the Mary Stanford lifeboat was launched into a fierce gale to save a stricken vessel – not one of the 17 crew returned. The lifeboat house was never used again. Now, moves are afoot to restore it as a memorial.

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  • Entente Cordiale

    John Cole’s striking photo essay captures the strong connections between the small-boat fishing communities on either side of the English Channel.

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  • Flashing blades

    Every September for more than two decades, Britain’s best shuckers have battled for the title of oyster opening champion. Mike Warner goes along to watch the craftsmen at work.

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  • She’s coming home

    John “Tush” Hamilton on the rescue and restoration of the Cyril & Lilian Bishop, a Hastings lifeboat that saved dozens of lives and also took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk.

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  • Dreckly revisited

    Dreckly Fish made quite a splash when they started selling their sustainable catch direct via social media. And they’re still thriving, finds Mike Warner, as he goes out lobster fishing with newest recruit Louis Mitchell.

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  • Red alert

    Prolific, voracious, invasive and totally delicious, it’s both our gastronomic and environmental duty to catch, cook and eat American red signal crayfish, says Tom Hunt.

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  • The sardine king

    Newlyn skipper Stefan Glinski helped pioneer the market for Cornish sardines. He’s an ace at catching them too, as we thrillingly discover first hand one thankfully calm August night.

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  • Second helpings

    In part two of her roundup of the best new cookbooks, Rachel Walker explores the latest from José Pizarro, Felicity Cloake, Claus Meyer and Rachel Allen, and picks out her favourite seafood recipes.

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  • Fresh inspiration

    Rachel Walker leafs through a quartet of the best cookbooks of the year so far and picks out her favourite seafood recipes from each one.

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