Catching our fish
At The Cornish Fishmonger we really value our fishermen and their commitment to delivering fresh fish and seafood from a sustainable source on a daily basis.
The Cornish Fishmonger buys its fish, shellfish, and seafood from many sources including the three Cornish quayside fish markets - this includes Plymouth as lots of Cornish fish is landed and offered for sale from the port. We tend to buy our fish from the same boats when they land; we know their working practices, where they fish, and how they keep their fish.
Over the years we have built some special relationships with certain fishermen we get on really with and who land great fish!
The Stevens family and The Crystal Sea SS118
David Stevens with his two sons operate a 20 meter modern trawler from Newlyn. Originating from St. Ives and a generational fishing family, "Boy David" and Alec are amongst the ports most successful skippers. With a crew of three others and their father helping ashore with the nets and supplies, the Crystal Sea goes to sea for 3-5 days depending on the weather, maximising the quality and freshness of their catch.
The Crystal Sea catches a diverse mix of species - many of the fish caught and landed are non quota species, others species that are quota are considered to be stable. To further reduce its environmental impact, the Crystal Sea works a twin rig net arrangement to increase efficiency and minimise fuel consumption. In a nut shell, David and Alec's fish is very high quality and sustainably caught.
Peter Green and The Celestial Dawn UL2
Peter can trace his family back to Tudor times; almost all his ancestors have fished for a living. Peter fishes from St. Mawes and works the Celestial Dawn UL2, an under 10 meter inshore trawler. Although it bears a Scottish registration (UL), The Celestial Dawn was built in Cornwall in 1989. Over 2 decades later, the vessel was returned to its birth place where Peter Green and his crew breathed new life into it once again. Peter comes from one of the oldest fishing families from St Mawes, within a community where life revolves around the sea. With the late skipper, Jon Sawle, aboard the Inter-Nosa, a local trawler, Peter had his first days fishing at the tender the age of nine and has never stopped. Ever since that first trip to sea he was ‘well and truly hooked' by the ‘tingling excitement' of fishing. Whenever the weather allows, Peter can be found off the coast of Cornwall - nets in the sea....fishing!
Alan Fearless and the Flying Spray FY777
We buy most of our lobster, crab, and spider crab from Alan who works an under 10 meter fishing boat from the famous micro port of Charlestown on the south coast of Cornwall. Alan and his crew start early, at around 6am depending on weather and tides. They work around 800 crab and lobster ports, hauling and checking them every other day. This way the crew is selecting the best quality Cornish shellfish caught in each pot, while returning young lobster and unwanted species to the sea alive - no dead discards here!
In order to reduce fish waste and support local fishermen, we offer a free bait service to our shellfish fishermen. Alan is one of them.