20 June by Laura Irwin
Still Waters, is a family run fresh fish supplier from Portavogie Harbour in Co Down. Paul Carson from Still Waters discusses their dedication to supplying fresh sustainable seafood from the heart of the Irish Sea. By Ruth Kimbley.
Tis the season for seafood and menus across the Province are exciting us with their unique and exciting variations of our flippery friends! From succulent shellfish to tender fresh fish, for the most refined to the more natural palettes, seafood is on the rise and we’re beginning to see why.
There’s no doubt, locally caught fish is the freshest and most flavourful. The culinary mantra which is being reinforced through the industry is ‘Food Provenance’, eat local. This is why fresh local suppliers are so important to us.
Still Waters, a fresh fish supplier is nestled by the busy Portavogie harbour and has been dedicated to supplying fresh sustainable seafood from the heart of the Irish Sea for generations. The team are under the watchful eye of Paul Carson, once a fisherman and who hails from a long line of fishermen.
“Over the years, it’s been clear that the popularity of seafood is increasing,” says Paul. “With the ‘foodie’ movement on the rise, people are becoming more experimental in their own kitchens and in restaurants, they are becoming more knowledgeable in terms of the obvious health benefits, the preparation of fish and also the accessibility. The Co Down shores are awash with an enviable variety of fish!
“The early morning fish market is a regular occurrence for me as our product is shipped daily from day boats to the local market, and within hours is with our customers. It doesn’t come fresher!”
Still Waters is a company with passion and pride in their product. Steeped in 75 years of family heritage with a trademark that proudly reads ‘Fresh Fish is our Heritage,’ the Still Waters fishing trawler was built by Paul’s grandfather in 1942.
This is reflected first and foremost by quality, and the personal touches that go into their product. Their infamous Portavogie Prawns and Co Down Scallops are hand shelled to ensure complete control over the quality of fish and is 100% natural meat. Skilled filleters prepare every order with a meticulousness that can only be attributed to living a harbour life. Fresh fish is smoked in their smoke house premises giving a characterful artisan touch.
“Sustainability and responsibility is at the heart of our business,” says Paul. “We have worked closely with Co. Down fishermen to produce strict guidelines ensuring the long-term sustainability of scallops on our shores. Growing up by the sea instills a desire and a responsibility to nurture the sea bed. We want to ensure a future for the industry, a future for our fishermen and a future for fish.”
And casting an eye over the future fisheries will be a key area in the EU exit negotiations. Andrea Leadsome, Secretary of State at DEFRA, says Brexit will be a once-in-a-generation chance to regenerate UK fishing grounds and improve their conditions under which they are fished, providing a really positive outlook for the industry.
Still Waters is a Live It Experience It member.
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