This week’s fishermen & fishmongers: 17th August

Our interactive map is constantly growing with new fishermen, fishmongers and merchants from across the country. Each week we will feature some of the new entries to the site, telling the story of the methods they use to catch, prepare and sell their seafood and the range of species available across the UK.

SoleShare, London, England

Started by friends Theresa Douthwright and Jack Clarke, who share a passion for protecting the marine environment and the jobs of the small scale fishermen that rely on, SoleShare is a catch-share business that provides people with seafood direct from their fishermen’s catch of the day. Members chose how much fish they want, how often they want it and select their nearest pickup hub in London.

Fishing along the south coast, SoleShare’s fishermen only use static nets, pots and rod and line to make sure their catch is as sustainable as possible. The catch-share scheme also cuts out processors and agents meaning the fishermen receive a fair price for their catch. Members have no choice over the fish they receive but instead get whatever has been caught that day, creating the perfect opportunity to learn how to cook and prepare a huge range of species.

Mrs Will the Fish, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

98360388_3833877916653795_2577168475692728320_nMrs Will the Fish is only a takeaway – but what a take away! You’d be lucky to find such beautifully presented, fresh crab and lobster in some of the most prestigious restaurants. She prepares locally caught lobsters, crabs and spider crabs and sell direct from her bungalow, Parc Benny. Dressed local crab and lobster and seafood platters are her speciality.

Mrs Will the Fish began selling the catch that her husband Will the Fish, caught in his beloved boat ”The Vital Spark”. Times have changed but she still sells the seafood. Crabs and lobsters are delivered live each morning, and she then sells the dressed crabs, lobsters, and seafood platters, under the new name of Mrs Will the Fish. You can collect the lobster and crabs at Parc Benny, Panteg Road, Upper Solva, opposite the Memorial Hallo or can arrange delivery by calling 07503975464.

Fish n Collect, Inverness, Scotland

20180921_235012Fish n Collect is ran by the husband and wife team behind the Inverness streetfood hatch, the Redshank. Founder Jamie grew up surrounded by seafood, with his father being a fisherman. The Redshank was created by a need for another option for the takeaway scene in Inverness. They loved the idea of street food with a difference, creating menus with fresh fish from the waters around Scotland, creating gourmet fast-food from their little kitchen on wheels.

With COVID-19, the Redshank had to close, yet to supply customers with great quality products in these very unusual times, they decided to start up Fish n Collect, supplying fresh fish as well as readymade meals and meal kitssuch their infamous Kedgeree & Scallop tacos for you to try at home. The offering changes each week so you are invited to select from the range of local fresh fish and home cooked dishes and chose from collection or delivery.

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