12 July 2017

The Real Cornish Crab Company

The Real Cornish Crab Company and Rowse Fishing Ltd are owned and run by husband and wife team Mark and Emma Rowse, who supply us with all of our delicious, local crab! 

Our fishing business has been trading for over 30 years, supplying crab and lobster to both local and international markets. With the increasing importance and consumer awareness of seafood traceability in 2013 we opened The Real Cornish Crab Company where we only process crab and lobster caught by our own vessels.

We pride ourselves on the fact that our fish is caught in a sustainable way and also has complete traceability. We can provide details of the vessel from which our crab was landed, dates caught and the fishing area in which it was caught. Due to the fact that we have five vessels which target crab and lobster we can offer continuity of supply of fresh, high quality shellfish throughout the year. The vessels operate in the south west approaches off the coast Cornwall and are all based in the port of Newlyn.

Mark and his father, Mike Rowse, have fished from Newlyn for a combined period of over 60 years, working fishing grounds off of the coast of Lands End, Pendeen, Zennor, St Ives, Padstow, Isles of Scilly and the Longships lighthouse. We currently employ five full time skippers, a part time relief skipper, 30 crewmen, three full time engineers, four delivery drivers, four admin staff, three boiler men, fourteen crabpickers and nine additional staff.

All of our Real Cornish Crab is traditionally handpicked, meaning that the natural juices of the meat are retained. We pride ourselves in the fact that our crab is completely unique due to the fact that it is caught by our own vessels, giving it complete traceability. All packs of crab meat, dressed crab and crab claws will be labeled with a QR code which will direct customers to the webpage of the vessel which caught it, giving information on the vessel itself, the Skipper and crew, the type of fishing gear used, the fishing area it was caught in etc. This QR code can also be provided to restaurants to be used on their menus, providing consumers with total traceability.

In Cornwall crabs and lobsters are protected by Cornwall Sea Fisheries, making it illegal to land shellfish that are too young or too small. One of the most highly regulated of all UK fisheries, the minimum sizes are the highest in the UK and make sure that only healthy adults, in good condition are landed. Immature shellfish are returned alive and unharmed to the sea to grow.

Emma Rowse, The Real Cornish Crab Company and Rowse Fishing Ltd