Seafood feast served in lifeboat station for Wales’ first RNLI Fish Supper event

28 September 2015

Fishermen, seafood suppliers and restaurant owners joined RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew for the RNLI’s first Fish Supper fundraiser in Wales at Moelfre Lifeboat Station last night (Thursday 24 September).

In a celebration of local seafood and the work of the RNLI charity, a selection of the best North Wales catch was served up before Moelfre RNLI’s new all-weather lifeboat Kiwi launched down the slipway of the newly opened boathouse.

The RNLI’s newest fundraising event, Fish Supper invites people to sign-up to host a fish-themed dinner at home, inviting family and friends to bring along a donation to the charity.

The launch event at the new Moelfre Lifeboat Station saw around 30 guests tuck into canapés with a host of locally supplied seafood, before a main course of good old fish and chips from Moelfre’s very own Coastal Cafe and Fish Bar.

The Fish Supper events aim to raise awareness of RNLI volunteer crew members who sacrifice time with their family and friends to help those in trouble at sea. All proceeds from Fish Supper will help provide the best equipment and training for RNLI volunteers.

Rod Pace, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Moelfre RNLI, said: ‘This has been a fantastic event which has strengthened further the relationship between the RNLI and the fishing community. 

‘RNLI lifeboat crew members are on-call 24/7, 365 days a year and last year over 8,000 RNLI volunteer crew members across the UK and Ireland missed evening meals with their loved ones responding to pager requests. 

‘We hope tonight’s event has shown just how rewarding hosting a Fish Supper for the RNLI can be and I would urge as many people as possible to visit RNLI.org.uk/fishsupper to sign up, invite their friends around, find fish recipes and get their own party into full swing.’

Also on the guest list was Tony Clare, RNLI Community Incident Reduction Manager, who wanted to spread the safety message to those out on the seas bringing in the catch.

He said: ‘The majority of commercial fishermen take safety at sea very seriously. RNLI lifeboats in Wales launched 104 times to people carrying out commercial fishing in the three years to 2014 - there were 157 people rescued in this period and sadly there were four fatalities.

‘We want to get these numbers down further and it was great to meet people involved in getting the wonderful produce from sea to plate and speak to them about good safety practices.’

The Moelfre event was organised jointly by the RNLI charity and Cywain Pysgod, a project run by business support company Menter a Busnes, which aims to help make the Welsh Fisheries sector more profitable and sustainable by increasing the value of the catch through identifying new markets and developing new products. 

Caroline Dawson, of Cywain Pysgod, said: ‘The seafood cooked up and served in the boathouse tonight showed just how fantastic local produce is and its huge potential. We are really grateful to everyone who contributed to making the night a success.’

Anyone can take part in the RNLI Fish Supper. Simply go to www.rnli.org.uk/fishsupper and register for a free party pack which includes recipe inspiration, party game ideas and place name cards. A Fish Supper party doesn’t have to be held between 9–11 October, but the RNLI asks that all Fish Supper donations are received by 7 November.

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