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Seafood: New names from Cornwall

Spider crab at the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, Cornwall. Moves are afoot to re-christen the species as Cornish king crab. Photo Nilfanion (CC BY-SA 3.0)

In the face of EU obstruction of British seafood exports, the Cornish Fish Producers Association is working to encourage more fish consumption in the home market.

It is hoping to use the government’s new Seafood Innovation Fund to boost demand in Britain for “unloved” species such as megrim (a kind of sole) and spider crab through “rebranding” them as Cornish sole and Cornish king crab. 

A thousand tonnes of megrim are landed in Newlyn each year, with 98 per cent currently exported.