What’s the catch? Use your phone to find out

ON LINE Hayling fisherman Tony Bennett is taking part in the Local Catch scheme
ON LINE Hayling fisherman Tony Bennett is taking part in the Local Catch scheme

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THERE’S fresh fish – and then there’s really fresh fish.

And a new mobile phone application means that seafood caught off the coast of Portsmouth can be on your dining table in record time.

The launch of Local Catch, which has been supported by EU funding, means anyone on the south coast can register to receive alerts about their catch of the day direct to their smart phone, tablet or computer.

Whether it’s crab, lobster, bream or bass, fishermen and fishmongers across Hampshire and West Sussex will upload details of their freshest catches, along with their exact location every day.

Students at University of Portsmouth helped to develop the concept alongside South East Seafood – which is aiming to promote sustainable fishing and support local fishermen.

Roger Ramsden, a fisherman from Hayling Island who catches lobster and crab, said: ‘There are lots of people who may not previously have known how to get their hands on fresh fish and seafood, so I’m looking forward to letting people know about what I catch.

‘It’s great to have a way to reach out and tell people what I’ve caught.’

The administration team for the Local Catch application is based in Droxford and the scheme is currently centred on fishermen in Hampshire and West Sussex.

But it is hoped to eventually expand the scheme across the south east.

South East Seafood is a strand of the South East Food Group Partnership, a body which provides a network for food and drink businesses in the region and aims to promote local produce.

Henriette Reinders, director of South East Seafood, said: ‘The launch of Local Catch means a lot for the local fishing community.

‘It will put them in contact with a much wider range of buyers than ever before, creating a better deal for everyone involved.

‘This is a truly unique opportunity and one of the only ways to be sure you’re getting fresh local fish on the day it’s caught.

‘Residents along on the south coast are the first to trial this exciting scheme.’

The application is available for download on the Android Market. For more information visit