Daniels Fish Guide

The world’s oceans produce 70% of our oxygen. They influence weather systems, support economies and feed people around the world. About 950 million people rely on fish as their primary source of protein, and fishing is the principal livelihood for over 200 million people.

We are committed to responsible sourcing...

We realise, that with fish playing such an important role in so many people’s lives, it is imperative that the world’s oceans are managed correctly to ensure the survival of marine life and the human life it sustains. As consumers become more aware of environmental issues, we are stocking alternative varieties of fish and taking responsibility for ensuring a sustainable future for the industry. 

Cooking cod with a clear conscience... 

Thanks to exemplary stock management in the Barents Sea, under a joint arrangement between Norway and Russia, the regions fishing fleet have adjusted the level of fishing in relation to the annual levels of biomass, so the fishing grounds of the Barents Sea are not (and have never been) in the kind of crisis seen in other parts of the world.

The MSC certifier confirmed stock “to be consistently maintained at levels above the precautionary limits”,meaning more than enough fish are left in the ocean for the species to spawn a healthy generation the following year, and resulting in a clear conscience for the consumer.

We are very committed to educating our staff, customers and visitors about the fish we use and how it lives in the ocean.

Haddock

Haddock is a cold-temperate migratory fish, found in inshore shallow waters in summer and in deep water in winter. Smaller than cod, it can attain a length of 70-100cms and can live for more than 20 years.

Haddock from stocks in North East Arctic are at healthy and sustainable levels and are being fished sustainably. To help reduce the impact of fishing on fish stocks which are depleted the fishing industry is changing to line-caught fish, where available, which is a better alternative.

Cod – Atlantic...

Cod is a cold-temperate bottom-dwelling species.  Cod spawn in winter and spring from February to April. In the North Sea, cod mature at 4-5 years at a length of about 50cms and can live up to 60 years.

Our cod is from Area 27, which is a large designated quota area where measures have been taken to ensure the cod here have a sustainable future. To help reduce the impact of fishing on fish stocks where fishing mortality is high the industry are starting to choose line-caught methods.

Plaice

Historically plaice was the most abundant flatfish in the Northwest Atlantic. Although slow-growing (fish do not reach 40 cm until nearly age 10) it can attain a typical length of about 70 cms and ages in excess of 20 years. Females grow faster and are larger than males. They also live longer.

Two sub species of this sedentary bottom dwelling flatfish are recognised, one in the Northwest Atlantic where it is known as American plaice, the other in the Northeast Atlantic where it is known as long rough dab. Care is taken at Daniels not to order immature fish (below about 20 cm) so they are allowed to grow into adults./p>

Scampi... (prawns or langoustine)

Scampi live in burrows on the seabed. They are limited to a muddy habitat and require sediment with silt and clay to excavate burrows. Their distribution is determined by the availability of suitable habitat. Males grow relatively quickly to around 6cm, but seldom exceed 10 years old. Females grow more slowly and can reach 20 years old. Females mature at about 3 years. In the autumn they lay eggs which remain attached to the tail for 9 months.

Scampi is usually caught by trawling although new methods are being researched to find a new way to catch them. There is no illegal fishing of langoustine in the UK which is strictly enforced by quota. The trawl nets used for langoustine are designed to let smaller fish escape the catch.