In Angus, Arbroath is world renowned for being the home of the Arbroath Smokie, which is haddock smoked in hardwood over barrels covered with jute sacks. The Smokie has PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status which means that it can only be called an Arbroath Smokie if it is produced in the traditional manner and within a five mile radius of the town. Many smokehouses can be found at the ‘fit o’ the toon’. Once a bustling port, Arbroath Harbour now lands mainly shellfish including crabs which are sold locally. Further up the coast at Lunan Bay, one of the last wild salmon companies in Scotland catches its top quality fish in environmentally friendly traditional bag nets.
The East of Scotland Seafood project is a partnership initiative led by local authorities, business leaders and coastal communities. It is supported by the Community Food Fund, which is financed by The Scottish Government and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Scotland's National Food and Drink Policy.