Solway Seafood

Solway Firth Partnership’s Out of the Blue project has been enabled by support from the European Fisheries Fund and Dumfries and Galloway Council and aims to:

• support economic development including strengthening the link between local seafood and tourism;

• promote the high quality of local seafood, improve knowledge of availability and develop greater confidence in preparation and use;

• improve confidence in sustainability by supporting and promoting responsible fishery management measures;

• raise awareness and understanding of the part that sea fisheries play in the culture, heritage and economy of the region.


Integral to achieving these objectives is the creation of a range of promotional material including interpretation at harbours, a touring exhibition, a website and a variety of publications.


Supporting a sustainable Solway seafood industry

Dumfries and Galloway’s seafood industry was the focus of a Solway Firth Partnership project called Out of the Blue (now finished) which was enabled by support from the European Fisheries Fund awarded by the Dumfries and Galloway Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and Dumfries and Galloway Council.


Locally, sea fisheries make a significant contribution to the character and economic wellbeing of coastal towns and villages. Kirkcudbright was ranked the tenth most major port in the UK for quantity of landings in 2012 with shellfish valued at £3.5 million. Remote villages with limited employment opportunities including Isle of Whithorn, Port William and Drummore are the base for creel fishermen whose activity reflects the long relationship between people and the sea. The majority of landings in Dumfries and Galloway are processed locally, as well as shellfish transported into the region, which provides jobs along the coast. Much shellfish is exported from the region to supply demand in UK cities and the European market.


Solway Seafood


The fishing industry faces considerable pressure from wider issues including increased competition for use of the sea. While the sector continues to play an important part in the local economy and supports a broad range of businesses both directly and indirectly, there is a need to look to the future by exploring opportunities for diversification and added value. There is also an opportunity to develop best practice in terms of sustainability to support the long term future of the industry. High quality niche market heritage fisheries trading premium products such as wild Solway salmon provide opportunities to capitalise on the provenance of such fish. Similarly, there are marketing opportunities for other local fisheries based on links between the quality of the environment, the care applied to management of the fishery and the commercial product.


Solway Seafood


The Out of the Blue project provided support to build on opportunities for economic development including current work on the cockle fishery. The project also supported sustainability initiatives by working in partnership with local fishermen, scientists and government. An important element of the project was raising awareness of the part that fishing plays in the culture and heritage of the region and new promotional and interpretive material has been completed. We also worked to build closer connections between the local area and national initiatives including those led by Seafood Scotland and Seafish.


The following publications are an outcome of the Out of the Blue project and can be downloaded for free:


Fishy Tales


Fishy Dishes




Where to Buy

There are a number of local outlets in Dumfries and Galloway and in Cumbria where you can buy fresh Solway seafood and restaurants where you can dine on local caught fish and shellfish:


Shops / Suppliers in Dumfries and Galloway


Solway Seafood - crabs



Ferry Fish, Various locations in Dumfries and Galloway including Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Castle Douglas and Kilnford Farm Shop, Dumfries


Galloway Smokehouse, Carsluith


Marrbury Smokehouse, Carsluith


Polarbites, Kirkcudbright


Solway Seafood - Scallops


Shops / Suppliers in Cumbria


Bell's Fishmongers, Carlisle


The Catch, Maryport


West Coast Fish, Workington



Restaurants in Dumfries and Galloway


Solway Seafood


Henrys Bay House, Stranraer


Campbells, Portpatrick


Crown Hotel, Portpatrick


The Waterfront Hotel, Portpatrick


The View, Port William


Galloway Smokehouse, Carsluith


Marrbury Smokehouse, Carsluith


The Steam Packet Inn, Isle of Whithorn


Polarbites, Kirkcudbright


The Selkirk Arms, Kirkcudbright


 Solway Seafood


Restaurants in Cumbria


Solway Seafood - Salmon


The Highland Laddie Pub, Glasson


The Waterfront, Whitehaven


The Inn at Ravenglass, Ravenglass


Solway Seafood - Prawns 

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