The Crystal Sea catches a lot of haddocks and they make up a large part of our yearly catch, when we head out to sea to catch the haddocks, we have to first find out where to start as the haddocks swim in shoals they are easy to catch but, they are not always easy to locate. We do this by looking at the state of the tide then we use our past diaries to work out the fishing pattern, which hopefully will put us in the right place to start.
The haddock is a great tasting and versatile fish, which can compliment any meal or style of cooking. The haddock stock is very healthy in the southwest and particularly around the Cornish coast. It’s mainly caught by trawlers and I am glad to say the Crystal Sea has plenty of quota available to be able to catch them sustainably and to meet the demand. The Haddock also has the thumbprint of St. Peter on the side of the fish and has a beautiful grey, blue coloured skin.
When we are catching the haddocks we only tow our nets for short periods of time so that we can keep the fish in tiptop condition, we also land our catches every 3-5 days to ensure a top quality product is delivered to the restaurants. We are also seeing a revival in the smoking trade and quite a few of our haddocks are now smoked and are sold locally.
Storing the catch