Cornish fish and chip shop batters the competition for the best sustainable fish supper
Date posted: 25 January 2019
Penzance chippy praised for sourcing local, sustainable seafood
At the 31st National Fish and Chip Awards, held on Thursday January 24th, at the Royal Lancaster London, Penzance-based Frasers Fish and Chips, won the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)-sponsored Good Catch Award.
The Good Catch Award, which is jointly supported by MCS and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), aims to encourage sustainable sourcing in the fish and chip shop industry so that diners can eat fish from fisheries where stocks aren’t under threat from overfishing.
Frasers, which has only been trading for just over three years, beat off competition from Harbourside Fish & Chips in Barbican, Plymouth, Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips from Aberdare in Wales and Olley’s Fish Experience, from Herne Hill, London – all of whom have been runners up in previous years too.
Rajina Gurung, MCS Seafood Sustainability Advocate and Good Catch judge, said she was really impressed with all of the finalists for this year’s award: “The standard of entries this year were exceptional, however Frasers went the extra mile to demonstrate their commitments to sourcing seafood responsibly. They really utilised the available resources like the MCS Good Fish Guide and Cornwall Good Seafood Guide to learn about the seafood they’re selling which was fantastic to see. We were very impressed with how good an understanding they have of sourcing local sustainable seafood and they do a great job of communicating this to their customers and the wider public. They have set a great example of what can be achieved when businesses put sustainability at the heart of what they do. Well done!”
Frasers owners, Pete and Sue Fraser, who also own the award winning, Harbour Lights chippie in Falmouth, say they only sell wild-capture and farmed fish from sustainably and responsibly managed fisheries at Frasers.
According to their website, they base their decision on whether a particular fish species is from a sustainable source by using the MCS Good Fish Guide and for local, Cornish fish, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Good Seafood Guide, which is underpinned by the MCS ratings methodology. Frasers say they make every attempt to source fish from fisheries with a rating of 1 to 3 and are continuously committed to try to lower the average rating of the fish they serve.
MCS seafood ratings are generated by assessing the relative health of each fish stock, and the sustainability of the various fishing or fish farming methods used. A red rating of 5 (Fish to Avoid) is given to those fish that MCS recommends be avoided because they are overfished; a green rating of 1 or 2 (Best Choice) is awarded to the most sustainably harvested seafood including fish from certified fisheries and farms.
The National Fish and Chip Awards are organised by seafood authority, Seafish, The authority was founded in 1981 by an act of parliament to support the UK seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable future.
Actions you can take
- View the Good Fish Guide online
- Download the Good Fish Guide .pdf
- Download our award winning 'Good Fish Guide App'.
Did you know?…
In the UK we eat 486,000 tonnes of seafood a year, which is 8.2kg per person
21.7 million tonnes of wild caught fish are not for people to eat; almost 75% of this is to feed farmed fish
An estimated £1.1 billion is spent on fish and chips every year in the UK