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Zoo keepers get fish to clean their own aquarium

Ingenious aquarists at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, have trained strange fish to help clean their tank of a naturally-occurring pest.

Filefish, or leatherjackets, have been introduced into the charity zoo’s large stingray tank to help control an invasive anemone.

Aquarist Tom Fielding: “Aiptasia is a common temperate and tropical sea anemone. It comes in...

Mussel in on seafood at Living Coasts

England’s Seafood Coast is hosting England’s Seafood FEAST – and Torquay’s coastal zoo has a seat at the table.

Of course, seafood is always on the menu at Living Coasts – the penguins, seals and others all love fish. Penguins eat sprats, for example, seals eat mackerel. Guests, meanwhile, can try a local delicacy – mussels.

Spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “As part of England’...

Dim the lights, I’m feeling fishy…

A stunning state-of-the-art lighting system has been installed at Living Coasts – for the fish.

The sophisticated new system in the aquarium of Torquay’s coastal zoo means that fish can experience natural dawns and dusks. Staff hope this will lead to more of what comes naturally…

One of the zoo’s aquarists, Sam Worthington, explained: “Now, each tank can have its own settings....

Rock and roll flirting is a fishy first

Fish at Living Coasts in Torquay have been observed performing a mating behaviour that zookeepers think has never before been recorded. Animal experts filmed female four-eyed fish (Anableps anableps) rocking from side-to-side; this appeared to attract the male to come and mate. Sharp-eyed aquarists Tom Fielding and Sam Worthington noted and eventually videoed the curious behaviour. Clare Rugg...

South West Shines in Fishing News Awards

The fishing industry in the South West has been recognised, as individuals and businesses from the region landed five prizes in the UK’s only awards ceremony celebrating the commercial fishing industry, the Fishing News Awards.

A strong performance from the region saw success in a range of categories. Brixham once again enjoyed success in 2017, holding on to its crown of ‘Port of the...

Do you know the UK’s most fantastic commercial fishermen?

The nationwide search for the UK’s best fishermen, seafood restaurants and ports is set to close on 17 February and time is running out to nominate your favourite. The Fishing News Awards, the country’s only awards programme recognising the hard work of those serving in the fishing industry, is back for 2017 following its successful relaunch last year.

The awards cover twelve...

Rory Bremner joins national fishing awards in hunt for best commercial fishermen in UK & Ireland

A national awards programme is looking for the foremost commercial fishermen in the UK and Ireland, and the public are being asked to put forward their nominations. Designed to celebrate the dedication, skills, and ingenuity of those working within UK and Irish commercial fishing, the Fishing News Awards 2017 will shine a spotlight on those fishermen and fishing organisations who have excelled...

Do you know the country's top fisherman?

A national awards programme is looking for the UK’s foremost fishermen and the people of the South West are being asked to put forward their nominations. Designed to celebrate the hard work and dedication of all those within the fishing industry, the Fishing News Awards will see fishermen from across the UK and Ireland battle it out to be named the best in the British Isles in one of twelve...

GBBO winner urges consumers to try more fish

TV chef, food columnist and Great British Bake Off Winner John Whaite, is backing a Twitter campaign urging consumers to embrace the breadth and variety of sustainable fish available over the counter and caught by the UK fishing fleet.

The campaign dubbed #CatchOfTheDay is being run by the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), the body which represents fishermen’s...

‘Get On Board’ With #CatchOfTheDay Campaign

Fish lovers and members of the South West fishing industry are being urged to get on board with a forthcoming campaign designed to champion the diversity and sustainability of many species landed by the UK fishing fleet in a week-long Twitter campaign set to take place in March.

The initiative, dubbed #CatchOfTheDay, is being launched by the National Federation of Fishermen’s...

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