Lyme Bay Reserve Seafood
To promote the fresh, premium quality, sustainably caught seafood caught within the Reserve, Blue Marine Foundation established the Reserve Seafood brand.
The Reserve Seafood brand represents the very best in locally caught sustainable seafood with three core principles:
Premium quality - with freshness guaranteed using insulated fish boxes, ice making facilities, quay-side chiller and storage units – all designed to optimise freshness and condition at the market.
Sustainably caught – using only low-impact static gear such as pots, static nets, rod and line or hand-dived; caught within limits set by the Lyme Bay Reserve Voluntary Code of Conduct; and no fish are red-rated (Fish to Avoid) by the Marine Conservation Society.
Provenance assured – landed by fishermen from Beer, Axmouth, Lyme Regis and West Bay who support the principles and management of the Lyme Bay Reserve, and support research to ensure their fishing effort causes minimal damage to the environment.
Thirty-one species of seafood were sold through Reserve Seafood in 2019. The most popular species including; crab, lobster, pollack, turbot and dover sole.
The brand attracts wholesalers, restaurant and hotel chains interested in buying the premium catch from the Lyme Bay Reserve to offer their customers as a truly sustainably sourced product.
You can buy Reserve Seafood direct from the following:
Beer Fisheries, Beer
Phone 01297 20297
Visit their Website
Visit their Facebook page
Lyme Bay Fish Shack, Kilmington
Phone 01297 552176
Visit their Twitter
- Just Fish, Seaton Phone 01297 24200
Lyme Bay, Beer fishermen Jim Newton stated,
"I fish exclusively within the Lyme Bay Reserve, I think that having a Reserve Seafood brand that explains the development and understanding of the fishing activities within the Reserve can only benefit fishermen in the long-term by making people understand the low-impact, sustainable way that we fish within the Reserve".
Scallop diver Jon Shuker from Lyme Regis stated,
"Why buy Reserve Seafood? Well firstly it’s sustainable. The Reserve is carefully managed by the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve to ensure the stocks harvested are to a sustainable level. Secondly all the boats that fish the Reserve are predominantly day boats, which fish from small communities along the coast. This ensures the catch is super fresh. Thirdly by buying Reserve Seafood you are helping to keep traditional fishing villages alive and prosperous for future generations".