VICE CHAIR: Adrian Bartlett - Fisherman and Seafood trader, South Devon
Adrian Bartlett is curently acting as FITF Vice-Chair. He is from South Devon and started fishing in 1987, working his way up from deckhand to skipper on Crabbing boats or potters based in Kingswear, South Devon. Adrian has fished for Edible brown crabs, native lobster and other shellfish all around the UK coast but mainly built his crabbing career in the English Channel in the tidal waters North of Alderney (Channel Islands) on various boats and for various owners. After working in the industry for 28 years and being passionate about the UK Seafish Industry, an opportunity arose where he could share his knowledge and passion with the UK public and chefs to show how good UK Shellfish is to eat and how easy it is to pick a crab without fear, so Crabstock Shellfish Festival was born!
Crabstock Festivals UK the UK's only inland seafood festival, Crabstock is about teaching people about the health benefits of eating Great British shellfish as well as the social and economic importance of supporting the country’s fishing industry. I fully believe that our shellfish is the best in the world and that we should do all that we can to keep all our wonderful, nutritious, sustainable shellfish on the menu. Crabstock is (also) a fantastic opportunity to engage local inland communities.” Since 2015 Adrian’s pop up shellfish Fruit-de-mer restaurant Crab’Stock & 2 Smoking Lobsters which is located at various food festivals around the UK is going from strength to strength, with more location happening on every year. Adrian is also a part of the Crabstock boys with Andy Hunting demoing shellfish and seafood simply Adrian preps and Andy makes some really simple shellfish and fish dishes.
Adrian also sits on the FITF Executive Committee, providing more day to day guidance to the charity.