A FORMER Grimsby trawler skipper's seafood restaurant venture is pulling in the pounds from a quite unusual direction.
In the last few months John Hancock's Captain's Table seafront restaurant in nearby Cleethorpes has raised over £8,000 for marine related charities - and is confidently expected to break the £10,000 barrier before the end of the year.
His special charity nights, which attract a large gathering† of people from the fishing industry, has proved to be one of the biggest fund raisers in the Grimsby area. John told FishUpdate: "I am delighted at the generosity and support we have received. Our next charity special, likely to be in October, will be to raise funds for the Fishermen's Mission. The Captain's Table opened in March 2011 and, despite the area's strong fishing heritage, it was the first proper seafood restaurant for many years."
There are, however, scores of traditional fish and chip outlets. It is hoped other Captain's Table restaurants will be rolled out across the UK in due course.
John Hancock is managing director of Carisma UK, the British arm of Norway based Carisma Fish AS, which moved into Grimsby almost two years ago. Carisma UK provides direct contact from fishing boat to customer which already includes some of London's leading hotels. So far it has brought more than 4,500 tons of high quality
Norwegian fish into the UK through its Grimsby operation. The parent Norwegian export company has its main office in Maritim Park at Raudeberg near Maloy. The company owns and operates ocean going longline vessels. Longlining is an environmentally friendly catching method and the fish is frozen a short time after catching. This, says the company,† gives a unique quality to the products.
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