The three UK chippies doing the most to save our fish stocks revealed

By: Clare Fischer
Date posted: 24 October 2017

Three of the UK’s leading sustainable fish and chip businesses have been revealed as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards.

“We are really impressed with this year’s finalists and it’s been tough to determine the shortlist. It’s fantastic to see that fish and chip businesses are increasingly committing to sourcing their seafood responsibly and promoting such information to their customers. The more we all know about the food we eat, the more likely we’ll make responsible choices to keep encouraging improvements in how our food is sourced and produced.”

Rajna Gurung,
Seafood Sustainability Advocate
MCS

Three of the UK’s leading sustainable fish and chip businesses have been revealed as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards.

The awards are organised by seafood authourity, Seafish and the three chip shops are shortlisted as finalists for the ‘Good Catch – The Sustainable Seafood Award’ - which is co-sponsored by MCS and the Marine Stewardship Council are:

Recognising fish and chip businesses that are leading the way in the sourcing and promotion of sustainable fish and shellfish, the ‘Good Catch’ award celebrates fish and chip businesses across the country that are actively working to protect supplies of seafood.

To reach this stage of the competition, the three businesses have been assessed against a wide variety of judging criteria, focusing strongly on the policies and procedures they have in place regarding the responsible sourcing of fish and shellfish. Entrants were also judged on their efforts in informing customers about the sustainable credentials of the products that they serve, including details of the journey that their fish takes; from net to plate.

In addition, shops were appraised on how they influence or encourage others in the industry to place greater focus on responsible and sustainable sourcing, along with how they plan to tackle any pertinent issues facing the responsible sourcing of seafood.

Over the coming weeks, judges will make further in-depth visits to review both the front and back of house operational aspects of shops, including assessing the level of customer service and quality of the fish and chips on offer.

Rajina Gurung, Seafood Sustainability Advocate at the MCS, says: “We are really impressed with this year’s finalists and it’s been tough to determine the shortlist. It’s fantastic to see that fish and chip businesses are increasingly committing to sourcing their seafood responsibly and promoting such information to their customers. The more we all know about the food we eat, the more likely we’ll make responsible choices to keep encouraging improvements in how our food is sourced and produced.”

Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, commented: “This award embodies the cornerstone of The National Fish & Chip Awards; commending those businesses that are working tirelessly to ensure a sustainable future for the nation’s favourite takeaway, and therefore the livelihood of our industry as a whole.”

Co-sponsor George Clark, Senior Commercial Manager of MSC, commented: “It’s always tough judging this award, but we managed to shortlist very strong finalists. It’s really inspiring to see more and more fish and chip businesses proving their sustainable credentials by offering customers 100% traceable fish that is MSC-certified sustainable. Well done to the finalists – they’ve made a huge commitment to ensure we’ll have fish on our plates for generations to come.”

The winner of the Good Catch Award will be announced at The National Fish & Chip Awards’ 30th anniversary ceremony in London on 25 January 2018.

Actions you can take

  1. Download the Good Fish Guide .pdf
  2. Download our award winning 'Good Fish Guide App'.
  3. View the Good Fish Guide online

Did you know?…

MCS launched the Good Fish Guide in 2001 to help people make good seafood choices

As a result of using our Good Fish Guide ratings 5.7 million seafood meals every week are now more sustainable

41% of North East Atlantic stocks including those around the UK are subject to overfishing

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