On Saturday, 6th October, over 1000 people attended the ‘Ready,
Steady, Fish!’ event at the Fish Quay in North Shields to
launch a project to help secure the long-term sustainability of
the local fishing communities.
Anthony Heath, Head Chef at Pump House Restaurant, preparing locally
The project, which was inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales and
his interest in our domestic food production, was hosted by Business
in the Community, one of the Prince’s charities.
The action-packed day began at 11.30am with Head Chef at the Pump
House restaurant, Anthony Heath, demonstrating
techniques to prepare locally caught fish for delicious family
meals. Local food producers were present selling a range of products
from rapeseed oil to whisky and visitors could pick up discounts
for local restaurants and retailers. The local fish filleting school
demonstrated the skills they teach to maintain the local fish filleting
trade, whilst the RNLI opened their station for the day for visitors
to explore. For younger visitors there was the perfect combination
of fish-focused educational activities as well as face painting,
a bouncy castle and balloon modeling. Local MP Alan Campbell joined
crowds at the Fish Quay and commented on the importance of supporting
the local fishing industry.
The project will examine how the fishing communities in the North
Shields area can ensure the sustainability of their industry. At
present, research is being conducted into the areas of greatest
need; thereafter recommendations will be presented for practical
measures to help the local fishermen operate most effectively in
today’s competitive food market.
In 2008, Business in the Community will host a ‘Seeing
is Believing’ visit for senior business leaders
to tour the Fish Quay with HRH The Prince of Wales and discuss
the problems faced by the industry with local fishermen. It is
anticipated that those business leaders, which will include representatives
from some of the UK’s largest food retailers, will suggest
ways in which the fishermen can improve their access to major
supermarkets and market their products.
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