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Not just keeping it local, but keeping the tricks of the trade in the family is how South Coast based Dorset Shellfish has caught the eye of GrowEatGather this month!

As the ladies, Caroline and daughter Stef take the reigns of the business on terraferma –  ensuring the catch of the day is freshly delivered to each and every customer – Graham and son Karl head to sea, sailing daily from Weymouth Harbour come rain or shine.

Sailing Graham’s boat Marauder and numerous other day boats working out of Weymouth, this father and son double-act use sustainable fishing methods that ensure any crab, lobster or fish not large enough to land is safely returned to the sea unharmed.

These conscious fishing methods, over the years, have helped to established sustainable, high-quality, abundant fishing waters for the boys and their small fleet, who have also turned their hand to traditional line fishing.  Catching anything in season, from fresh whole plaice to beautiful line caught sea bass, this daily haul can make it from sea to market within hours.

Bringing their daily catch to farmers’ markets throughout Dorset and Somerset, Caroline and Stef offer the adoring public delicious potted crab, Weymouth Bay prawns, lobsters and other seasonal shellfish specialities that they have built an unrivalled reputation for.  Winning a gold Taste of the West award for their classic crab cakes, and numerous past awards for their homemade crab pate and red Thai crab soup, it’s not just GrowEatGather that seem to be raving about Dorset Shellfish!

Amongst attending many a market across the south-west, Dorset Shellfish are huge supporters of the Weymouth Seafood Festival, which they will be attending on 11th & 12th July 2015 – the perfect summer festival that brings together champagne and seafood.  Not only a festival to celebrate the amazing produce of the surrounding shores, but an opportunity to gain a better understanding of its availability and learn about the sustainability of this coastline’s superb seafood.


Melt in the Middle Chilli, Ginger and Lime Crab Cakes
Mouth-Watering Crab Recipes



Words by Helen Upshall
[Photo: Dorset Shellfish]

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