Three of the UK’s leading sustainable fish and chip businesses have been revealed on Tuesday 24th October as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
Shortlisted as finalists for the ‘Good Catch – The Sustainable Seafood Award’ – one of 15 categories in the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards – the three businesses that will now compete for the top title in this award category are:
- Harbourside Fish & Chips in Barbican, Plymouth
- Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips in Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Fish City in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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. This final stage of competition judging will determine the overall national winner who will be announced at the 30th anniversary awards ceremony.
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.
“With food provenance increasingly driving consumer choice, the question of where and how seafood has been sourced has never been more important. All finalists have proven that they are true leaders in responsible and sustainable sourcing practices. Congratulations to them all and I wish them the best of luck in the final stage of the competition.”
Recognising fish and chip businesses that are leading the way in the sourcing and promotion of sustainable fish and shellfish, the Good Catch – The Sustainable Seafood Award celebrates fish and chip businesses across the country that are actively working to protect supplies of seafood. It is co-sponsored by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).
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.”
Co-sponsor Rajina Gurung, Seafood Sustainability Advocate at the MCS, added: “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.”
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.
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