What It Takes: Cornish hake

Do you know what it takes to put hake on your plate, while keeping plenty in the sea, forever?

It’s a challenging job to be a hake fisherman. For the fishermen in Newlyn, it takes 20hr commutes to the hake, a week at sea in gale-force winds, and working hard to keep fish in the sea for future generations. 

This Cornish hake fishery in Newlyn was the first hake fishery in the UK to receive MSC certification - proving that they are a sustainable and well-managed fishery - and are true champions of seafood sustainability.

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One of the ways this fishery ensures its methods are sustainable is to use a larger mesh size than is required by law. This means that the smaller and younger hake can swim free - leaving plenty more fish in the sea to reproduce.

Alan Dwan, hake fisherman, Newlyn

Alan Dwan, hake fisherman, Newlyn

We’re really proud to be MSC certified. It shows that we don’t overfish and that we’re protecting the sea for future generations.

Alan Dwan, hake fisherman, Newlyn The MSC certified Cornish hake fishery

What does it take to catch sustainable hake?

To learn more about what it takes to put MSC certified hake on your plate, read our fishermen’s stories below and watch Ryan Davey, skipper of Cornish hake vessel, Stellisa, battle the elements for a week 100 miles off the coast of Cornwall, searching for hake. 

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Sustainably fishing for hake off the Cornish coast

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Meet the Cornish hake fishermen

Hake: a family business

Hake: a family business

Karen Attwood is an award-winning writer and journalist with 20 years' experience. Read her account of the fishery and how Cornish hake became the first certified sustainable UK hake fishery

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Want to cook delicious, sustainable hake?

Want to cook delicious, sustainable hake?

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See what it takes

For the mussels fishermen...

For the mussels fishermen...

...to keep mussels on your plate and in the sea, forever.

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For the MSC...

For the MSC...

Choosing the MSC ecolabel means your seafood is certified as sustainable and traceable.

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For you...

For you...

These fishermen work hard but now it’s over to you. Choose the MSC ecolabel when you’re shopping or dining out.

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Do what it takes

...and support sustainable seas!

Find out what we're up to, how we can restore our oceans and meet our sustainable fishermen who are speaking up for healthy, sustainable seas by exploring our website and following us on social media. Share our films of sustainably fishing for Cornish hake and sustainably harvesting Shetland mussels so others can know to choose the blue fish too.

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