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‘Day on the Quay’ is a family event put on to celebrate and recognize the important role the Welsh fishing fleet has played for generations in supporting a growing Welsh economy.

A unique toolkit has been developed to help fishing communities run their own ‘Day on the Quay’ events to showcase the work of their fishermen and women. It is these dedicated individuals who are at the heart of our industry in Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea, and also who enthusiastically helped develop and participate in the programme.

2018 saw the inaugural event taking place in Aberdyfi, and 2019 followed with 3 more successful ‘Day on the Quay’ events being hosted along the Cardigan Bay coast in Aberdyfi, Barmouth and Aberystwyth Marina. The events activities included fish preparation and cooking demonstrations, beach activities for families and youngsters, live shellfish in the mobile aquarium and a free mackerel BBQ.  The response to the BBQ was extraordinary, with children discovering, many for the first time, from where fish for food originated, the ocean, and that fish harvested from the sea was a wonderful alternative to that from the ubiquitous supermarket freezer. The free BBQ encouraged the youngsters (and their unsuspecting parents), those who wouldn’t normally buy and eat fresh fish to try it, possibly for the first time, and find out just what they’ve been missing – a healthy taste sensation!

Local fishermen were on hand at each event, to showcase their work, together with commercial fishing boats alongside the quay, and exhibition stands informing visitors about sustainability and the future of our fish stocks were also on display.

To view the Day on the Quay leaflet, click here.

The next Day on the Quay event will take place on Saturday, July 9th, 2022 in Barmouth.