A South Shields seafood restaurant has committed to releasing a lobster back into the wild for every one sold.
Colmans Seafood Temple has teamed up with Northumberland Seafood Centre and Hatchery in a new ‘buy one, set one free’ initiative, which sees the restaurant donate 50p back to the centre for every lobster sold, enough to release a young lobster back in to the wild.
It is the only restaurant in the region to partner with a seafood centre and hatchery and is part of its wider effort to provide sustainable, good quality seafood.
Richard Ord, owner of Colmans Seafood Temple, said: “Colmans is incredibly proud to be the first restaurant in the North East to be involved in this kind of partnership with the Northumberland Seafood Centre and Hatchery.
“The commitment we have to sustainability is very important to us, from turning our waste oil in to biofuel, using solar panels, to only using fish that comes from well-managed, sustainable fishing grounds, and where available, has MSC certification. We want to help future generations coming in to our industry, and this partnership just adds to our commitment.”
Andrew Gooding, centre manager at Northumberland Seafood Centre and Hatchery in Amble, said: “Our partnership with Colmans Seafood Temple is a fantastic idea, which falls in line with the seafood centre and hatchery’s vision to support our coast, local fishermen and our seafood.
“This partnership sets a great example to others about the importance of sustainability, and I hope it encourages other seafood restaurants in the North East to consider making a bigger commitment to sustainability.”
The Northumberland Seafood Centre and Hatchery, often take in local berried hens - a female lobster carrying eggs - until they hatch, as in the first few weeks they are more vulnerable and likely to be eaten by other sea life. The hatchery keeps them in specialist tanks, until it becomes safe for them to return to the wild.