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 Monday, 27 January, 2003, 13:26 GMT
Squid boost to Cornish fishing industry
Photograph courtesy of Fishworks.co.uk
Squid can be cooked in a variety of ways
The South West's troubled fishing industry is being boosted by the growing popularity of squid.

Cornish fishermen say it is becoming an increasingly important catch to the local economy.

They attribute the mollusc's mounting appeal to the continuing endorsement of television chefs.

The creature is becoming available for longer and as it is still seen as a delicacy, it can command a higher price at market.

The diversity of the catch composition of the Cornish fleet is its strength

Paul Trebilcock

"The diversity of the catch composition of the Cornish fleet is its strength," said Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of the Cornwall Fish Producers' Organisation.

"If we can keep a diverse range of species being landed then it adds to the strength of the Cornish fishery," he said.

Mitchell Tonks, a television chef and food writer, said that fresh squid is extremely popular.

Simple preparation

He is a director of FishWorks, which has a St Columb-based subsidiary which delivers fresh fish and seafood to homes across the UK.

"I find that once people have tried fresh squid as opposed to frozen, they never go back, he said.

"Like all fresh seafood, the simpler the preparation the better.

"I just marinate it with lemon zest, cumin, sea salt, garlic and olive oil then simply cook it on a grill plate for a few minutes each side.

"To serve, just add a sprinkling of sea salt, a squeeze of lemon, a touch of fresh coriander and that's it - delicious."


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