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Mike writes on all aspects of the commercial UK fishing industry and travels the UK talking to fishermen and producers about the diversity of fish and shellfish landed. He then takes their stories and reproduces them in a consumer-facing way, to better educate, inform and enthuse. He regularly goes to sea with fishermen, as he views reporting from the ‘coal face’ as critically important to the integrity of the story. Mike also fishes himself, seasonally, for lobster aboard his boat ‘Avocet’ on the Suffolk coast.
He writes technical, creative and PR copy for commercial fishing and food/lifestyle publications and is a regular features contributor to Country Life magazine. Mike has a particular interest in the Under 10 metre, inshore fishing fleet and champions its economic importance, heritage and sustainability in fishing communities countrywide. He also conducts bespoke tours and experience days for interested parties and stakeholders to fishing ports and markets around the UK, where they get to ’meet the fishermen’ and are shown the 'net to plate’ story and the work involved in the sustainable harvesting of our seas.
Mike works closely with producers, chefs, restaurants, hospitality businesses, NGO’s and media agencies in improving knowledge and understanding of how seafood is produced, so they can be better and more reliably informed, when making choices on purchasing/procuring product. Clients and associates include, Cafe Spice Namaste, Randall & Aubin, the Rick Stein Group, Billingsgate Seafood School and Westminster Kingsway College. This consultancy business is now recognised countrywide and has allowed him to build up an extensive network of contacts within the fishing industry.
His blog ‘A Passion for Seafood’ has twice been shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers, Best Food Blog in 2016/17. Mike is a Patron of the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, a Trustee of the charity Fishing Into The Future and Project and Business Development Consultant to the Shellfish Association of Gt Britain. He is also an active member of the Guild of Food Writers and a Board member of the Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority.
Mike is also a passionate seafood cook and creates his own recipes and demonstrates regularly at food shows and masterclasses. He also speaks extensively at various events about seafood sustainability and traceability.