Seafood Seasonality

Beautiful quality. Day after day after day. Year after year.

We only buy what’s in season and what’s sustainable. But it’s not just the seasons that affect the quality of our seafood. Environmental and oceanographic factors all play a role too.

This chart gives you a rough rule of thumb for what to buy and when, but please phone us to discuss the day’s landings and get our up-to-the-minute advice.

Seasonality Chart

Poor Availability Varying Availability Good Availability Q Time of best quality (species without any 'Q's are of consistent quality all year round)
Item Form Alternatives J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cornish Fresh Fish
Anchovies Round, Cold Water, Oil rich Sardine, Herring
Brill Flat, Coldwater Turbot
Cod Whole Round, Coldwater Haddock, any other cod like species Q Q Q Q
Cuttle Fish Cephalopods Squid Q Q Q Q
Dabs Flat, Cold water Plaice
Dover Sole Flat, Cold water Lemon Sole Q Q Q Q Q Q Q
Grey Mullet Round Coldwater Sea Breams
Gurnard Round, Coldwater Any cod-like species Q Q Q Q Q
Haddock Round, Coldwater Any cod-like species Q Q Q Q Q Q
Hake Round, Coldwater Any cod-like species
Herring Round, Coldwater, Oil rich Mackerel
John Dory Round, Coldwater Unique
Lemon Sole Flat, Cold water Dover Sole, Plaice, Witch Q Q Q Q
Line Caught Wild Seabass Round, Warm Water Grey Mullet, Red Mullet
Mackerel Round, Cold Water, Oil rich Herrings
Monkfish Unique, Coldwater Langoustines (for flavour) Q Q Q Q Q Q Q
Octopus Cephalopods Squid, Cuttlefish
Plaice Flat, Cold water Lemon Sole, Flounder, Dab, Megrim Q Q Q
Pollack Round, Coldwater, Cod-like Any cod-like species
Red Mullet Round, Warmwater Bream, Mackerel
Sand Sole Flat, Cold water Lemon Sole, Flounder, Dab, Megrim
Sardines Round, Coldwater, Oil rich, small Herrings Q Q Q Q Q Q Q
Skate Wings Flat, Cold water Unique
Squid Cephalopods Cuttlefish, Octopus Q Q Q Q Q Q
Turbot Flat, Cold water Brill
Whiting Round, Coldwater Any cod-like species
Farmed Fish
Bream – Gilt Head Round, Warmwater Snappers, Emperor, Sea Bass Q Q Q
Halibut Flat, Cold water Turbot, Brill
Farmed Sea Bass Round, Warmwater Gilthead Bream Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q
Salmon and Sea Trout
Glenarm Organic Salmon Round, Cold/Fresh water, Oil rich Sea Trout, Pacific Salmon
Loch Duart Salmon Round, Cold/Fresh water, Oil rich Sea Trout, Pacific Salmon
Farmed Norwegian Seatrout Round, Cold/Fresh water, Oil rich Loch Duart Salmon, Pacific Salmon
Cornish Shellfish and Scallops
River Fowey Rope Grown Mussels Molluscs Clams Q Q Q Q Q Q
Live Cock Crabs Crustacean Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q
Crabmeat Fresh Brown Hand Picked Crustacean Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q
Crabmeat Fresh White Hand Picked Crustacean Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q
Canadian Lobster Crustacean Native Lobster, Langoustine
Native Lobsters Crustacean Canadian Lobster
Porthilly Oysters Molluscs Native Oysters
Palourde Clams Molluscs Other Clams
Looe Bay Half Shell Scallops Molluscs Q Q
Orkney Hand Dived Scallops Molluscs
From Other Markets
Bream – Wild Pink Round, Warmwater Sea Bass Q Q Q
Loin – Swordfish Round, Warmwater, Oil rich, Game Unique
Loin – Tuna Yellow Fin Round, Warmwater, Oil rich, Game Unique

“I met Johnny as his first customer in Cornwall.  From that moment, he has not only been the most incredible fish merchant I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, but also a great friend  and an inspiration.  His knowledge for all things fish and general outlook on life, makes me smile”

Paul Ainsworth, No.6 & Rojano’s in the Square
Flying Fish Seafoods