Although Ramus still continues to source fish from the local East Coast & Scotland, the harbours at Newlyn, Cornwall and Brixham, Devon are unrivalled in their volumes and variety of fish landed, so Ramus has signed new direct partnerships with day boat fishermen in Cornwall and Devon to ensure the best variety of the freshest fish for their customers in Yorkshire. From sea bass to squid and plaice to pouting, the fish is caught by day boat fishermen, fishing in small boats 6 miles out to sea, and can be delivered to Harrogate within 24 hours of being landed.
Apart from the obvious benefits of quality and freshness, Jonathan Batchelor, MD at Ramus, was keen to build on his commitment to customers for sustainable sourcing. “Over the past 10 years the issues of sustainable seafood have been high on the agenda of public opinion and, here at Ramus, we aim to provide the freshest, most environmentally sound seafood we can.”
One of the key partners is Kevin Penny of Dreckly Fish, a small group of day boat fishermen who fish out of Newlyn. “We use sustainable and low impact methods, says Kevin, and all our boats are part of the Responsible Fishing Scheme run by Seafish.”
Another exciting partnership is with Abi & Saul Astrinsky of Wild Harbour, whose strapline ‘sustainable, fresh and fair’ sums up the ethos of their company. The husband and wife team, who set up the company in 2011, are based in Hayle, West Cornwall and now boast a team of 26 day boats. “We believe by sourcing direct from the fishermen and paying them a fair price for responsibly caught fish we can go some way to making fishing a truly sustainable industry in Cornwall, now and for future generations,” says Saul, director and fisherman. “We’re thrilled that, through our partnership with Ramus Seafoods, we can now extend our supply of fabulous fish up to Yorkshire.”
All of the Wild Harbour fish is completely traceable, right down to the fisherman who caught it. So with additional point of sale in store, Ramus hopes to show customers, both trade and retail, just how sustainable, fresh and fair this new Wild Catch range truly is.
For more information about Ramus Wild Catch, contact Jonathan Batcheror on 01423 563271; firstname.lastname@example.org