Why Magnus is hooked on a fishy mission
Coast & Glen was started by accident, a motorcycle accident! Magnus Houston swapped his leathers for oilskins and started his mission to get Scotland’s top quality fish to the nation in under 48 hours of being landed.
The former motorbike racer had to end his professional career with Suzuki due to a crash. After a trip in a friend’s creel boat, he decided to buy his own, catching lobster and crab off the Easter Ross coast.
However, Magnus was frustrated that much of the produce was bought up and sent to European markets.
So in 2011, backed by the Prince’s Trust, he set up Coast & Glen in Inverness, a wholesale business that supplied local restaurants and hotels with fresh fish and seafood landed by local fishermen.
While that was successful, it soon became apparent that there was also demand from individual consumers for high-quality produce. Attracted to the locally and sustainably caught fish governed by the season, rather than the fish which is sold through the supertrawler-supermarket route, which may be cheaper…but tastes cheaper.
And so Coast & Glen’s sister company Fishbox was born; offering a convenient, nutritious and fun way to eat more fish and seafood.
Fave Fish: Smoked haddock
Magnus is a former fishermen and professional motorcycle racer. He is a big fan of all things outdoors and can often be spotted out cycling or walking his Newfoundland dog, George.
Fave Fish: Mussels
Mussels and muscles…Fiona is also a physiotherapist, but spends most of her time at Fishbox HQ. She can be bribed with food and is a big fan of any type of cake, particularly of the chocolate variety.
Fave Fish: Scallops
Jamie is a former head chef and writes lots of recipes to inspire you! He is also a keen DJ and is partial to any American sweets.
Fave Fish: Haddock (“Apart from prawn cocktail crisps, that is!”)
Matt is also a qualified butcher – but has turned his hand to fishmongery. He has a young family and has mastered homemade fish’n’chips for his girls!
PACKER AND SUPERVISOR
Fave Fish: Lobster
Shaun is a former soldier and has been on many missions to Afghanistan. He is known for bringing not one, but two packed lunches to work!
CUSTOMER SERVICE & ADMIN
Fave Fish: Brown Trout
The newest member of our team, after living the “van-life” in New Zealand for 15 months, Lucy is now back in the Highlands! When she’s not sorting out your Fishboxes, you’ll find her mucking out stables, gushing over her dog or dreaming of snowboarding adventures.
Fave Fish: Smoked Haddock (she makes the best cullen skink in the Highlands)
Ali is our fabulous fish wifey! She organises all of our orders for hotels and restaurants, so if you’re looking for wholesale she is your gal! Ali is our very own rockstar, she loves to sing and performs in a band in her spare time. Reach her on: email@example.com
Fave Fish: Crab
Mario is our happy, smiley packer in the factory. He makes sure your Fishbox is full of your favourite seafood! He loves football and foot-long sandwiches!
Fave Fish: King Scallops
Our newest factory team member, Calum lives in Drumnadrochit with his two dogs, Joe and Scout. When he’s not taking them for walks around the Highlands, he’s supporting his local team Inverness Caley Thistle.