Why now is the best time to eat seafood caught on the Essex coast

PUBLISHED: 11:52 30 June 2020 | UPDATED: 11:52 30 June 2020

Essex fishing boat

Essex fishing boat

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A major campaign calling on the Essex public to cook more locally-caught fish and seafood, by buying it from local independent fishmongers and fishermen selling direct to the public during the COVID-19 crisis, has been launched

Fish Local, is a campaign designed to help the local fishing industry survive, after the closure of its export markets in France and Belgium, by increasing the local consumption of fish caught around the coastline of Essex and Kent.

The UK’s inshore fishing fleet has been declared a ‘critical industry’ during the Covid-19 crisis as it can help feed the nation.

Operating under very strict guidelines from the Government in terms of socially distancing, the campaign will let the public know where they can still buy fresh fish with tips on how to cook simple and tasty dishes.

The campaign’s champion is the Kent & Essex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (KEIFCA) and is being delivered online via www.fishlocal.org and via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #FishLocalSupplyEssex.

John Lamb, chairman of KEIFCA, said: ‘The closure of the fresh fish markets in France and Belgium, which take 80% of the catch from our local ports, has seriously damaged the business of many of our fishermen.

‘Fresh fish is a perfect, healthy and easy alternative to cooking with meat, and our local fishermen source some of the best seafood for people’s plates.’

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