Fresh Fish Seasonality

Wild fish stocks are rapidly falling due to the rise of aquaculture and damaging fishing practices such as bottom trawling and longline fishing. Choosing wild seafood that is in season can help the oceans recover and give you, the eater, peace of mind about your dinner.

 

Shellfish SeasonalityOur Seafood

TODAY'S FRESH DAY BOAT LANDINGS

What’s Good Right Now?

In this day and age, it is possible to source almost any species of fish at any time of year. However, to do so risks damaging delicate stocks and relying on sources further away from home, thus impacting the environment. We therefore exclusively source fish from British waters and work with the fish species available during that time of year.

The Cornwall Good Seafood Guide publishes a monthly list of recommended species, which aims to inform fish buyers and consumers about the changing nature of local stocks, and what is ‘in-season. We continue to work closely with them, monitoring species and fishing methods, to ensure we operate as sustainably as possible.

The Four Season’s At Wild Harbour

SPRING TIME SEASONAL FISH

Cuttlefish

Pollock

Monkfish

Lemon Sole

SUMMER TIME SEASONAL FISH

Megrim Sole
Mackerel
Lobster
Sea Bass

AUTUMN TIME SEASONAL FISH

Red Mullet
Turbot
Mylor Prawns
Squid

WINTER TIME SEASONAL FISH

Dover Sole
Haddock
Hake
Cod

Seasonality Fresh Fish Chart

The season in which you buy your seafood can affect so much. Not only the sustainability of the fish, but also its price and taste. If you eat it when nature intended, you’ll notice the difference, and you’ll be helping to ensure its around for future generations to enjoy.

KEY TO GUIDE
POOR
Species with poor availalbity is due to allowing them to spawn, rest & grow.
VARYING
Species with varying availabity are sourced very carefully with guideance.
GOOD
Species with good availability can be caught sustainably during this time.
TIME OF BEST QUALITY
Species without a tick are of consistent quality all year round.
Anchovy
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Brill
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Bream
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Cod
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Coley
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Conger Ell
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Cuttle Fish
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Dab
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Dover Sole
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Flounder
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Gurnard
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Gilthead Bream
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Grey Mullet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Haddock
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Hake
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Halibut
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Herring
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
John Dory
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Lemon Sole
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Ling
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Mackerel
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Megrim Sole
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Monk
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Octopus
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Pollock
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Plaice
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Red Mullet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Sardine
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Sprat
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Sea Bass
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Squid
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Trout
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Turbot
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Tuna
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
White Bait
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Whiting
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Witch
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Wrasse
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Why Does Seafood Have Seasons?

“There are plenty of fish in the sea” is what they say, but if that’s true, why do people eat only a few distinct species? If you ask someone what their favourite fish or seafood is, they may respond salmon, tuna, crab, or shrimp. While the ocean contains a world of delicacies, much of the western world is limited to a few widely consumed species. Unfortunately, as the demand for the popular species surged, the fishing industry has overlooked the cycle of which fish spawn, grown and develop and as result seafood is harvested all year round. The issue of overfishing has a detrimental effect on the environment, and it’s never going to be a sustainable way of sourcing fishing.  

Seafood seasonality is determined by the times when fish are at their highest harvest and abundance, not by the climate seasons. You probably aren’t too familiar with this unless you work in the fishing industry or live in a coastal location. The seasonality of fish, on the other hand, has a direct impact on its long-term viability. If fish are harvested during the spawning season, for example, populations may be depleted. By purchasing out-of-season fish, you are not only harming fish stocks, but you are also increasing the ‘true cost’ of your dinner by adding additional transportation costs. Aside from the environmental damage, out-of-season seafood isn’t as good as fresh local fish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is all your seafood sustainable?

Yes! At Wild Harbour we believe being able to source the most responsibility caught fish and shellfish is of the utmost importance, we also believe the transparency on catch method is crucial. We believe that by only catching and sourcing sustainably caught fish and shellfish, by their very nature, the fish will be of the best quality and by handling the fish onshore using our quality and fresh protocols, each fish will reach our customers in pristine condition.

What is Cornwall Good seafood guide?

We are proud to be recommended by Cornwall Good Seafood Guide. We work closely with the fantastic team to help us ensure we are sourcing fish that are in season and sustainable. For more information visit: https://www.cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk/

Is all your seafood sourced in Cornwall?

Yes! The majority of our fish is sourced on the in-shore waters of Cornwall and British waters, by small independently owned day boat fishermen. We believe that the fishing community is a crucial part of Cornwall and by supporting smaller fishermen, the catch is very sustainable and offers by far superior quality.

What methods are used to catch your fish?

All of our fish is sustainably caught in-shore on the Cornish Coast by time served day boat fisherman, typically our fisherman fish with traditional methods such as hand lines, nets and pots. 

is your fish traceable?

Absolutely! Every single fish that comes into our HQ in Hayle, Cornwall can be identified from the time & date of the catch to the boat, fisherman and catch method.

The species i'd like is unavailable, can you help?

Yes! If you’d like a specific species but have checked the seasonality and it’s not a suitable time to source the fish, our friendly and knowledgeable staff can suggest and advise you on other species that are available and have comparable flavour and texture. Please give our customer services a call on 01736448668 or email us at info@wildharbour.co.uk

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SHELLFISH SEASONALLY