Looking brighter for sustainable stocks of wild salmon and sea trout

Hi All

The summer is definitely over as I look out across Gloucestershire this cold and foggy morning. I realise, dare I say it, that Christmas will soon be upon us. Before that we have the harvest and food festival season to get over. We have just had Jimmy’s Farm, Ludlow, and the Abergavenny food festival extravaganzas, now it’s the turn of Aldeburgh (25th,26th September) Falmouth (14th October) Dartmouth (22nd October) and the inaugural “Love Cooking Festival” in Bristol on the 5th October. Any chefs looking for samples for demos or help with sourcing any products do not hesitate to give me a call.

I’ve just come back from the Abergavenny food festival, and maybe it’s become a victim of its own success, but we didn’t see anything fresh or innovative, especially in the fish produce area. Richard and I thought that next year we would come up with a “smoked fish takeaway “formula”. At the moment the next big outside catering event for us will be The Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor (1st-3rd October). We are providing Moet Chandon with a Seafood counter in their hospitality suite adjacent to the 1st Tee. It will be an opportunity for our staff to showcase their hand carving and filleting skills, and hopefully cheer our European Ryder Cup team to victory.

For commercial wild salmon fisheries the season is now closed, but for rod and line fishermen there are still some weeks left of the season. So it was encouraging to hear at the weekend of a wild salmon caught on the Usk river (Abergavenny) weighing in at 37 lbs. The Environment Agency recently announced that our waterways are now amongst the cleanest in Europe. 50 years ago it was impossible to find any salmon or sea trout in the river Tyne. This year the agency recorded 15,000 salmon migrating upstream on that river, the highest level since records began. Similarly record numbers of sea trout were recorded in the lower reaches of the river Thames last year. Hopefully the environment agency will be able, in the not too distant future, to declare some rivers holding “sustainable” stocks of wild salmon and sea trout.

That brings me back to Christmas, anybody who would like us to help make up bespoke hampers for their corporate customers or friends, now is time to give us a call and discuss your requirements.

More news soon.

Dai Francis