Good Catch Award now open!
Article Date: 2014-05-22
Good Catch Award 2015 now open
Entries are now being invited for the Good Catch Award - the UK fish and chip industry’s top accolade for seafood sustainability. It recognises chippies who work hard to get their seafood from fisheries & farms that are responsibly managed, so future generations will be able to enjoy the UK’s most traditional take-away.
The award is co-sponsored and judged by the Marine Stewardship Council(MSC) and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), and forms part of the National Fish and Chip Awards run by Seafish – the organisation who work alongside the UK seafood industry to promote good quality, sustainable seafood.
Winners in recent years have included Richardsons of Fleetwood (2013), The Bay, Stonehaven (2012) and Harbour Lights in Falmouth (2011). Last year’s winner, Chris Richardson, says: "Sustainability is becoming more and more important to the fish and chip industry… I strongly believe that sustainability is a key part of our success as a business.”
George Clarke from the MSC says they expect the competition to be strong: "It’s fantastic to have the Good Catch Award open for applications for the sixth year running. We’re expecting even stronger competition as fish and chip shops across the UK drive forward the sustainable agenda that has led to so much success for the previous winners and the industry as a whole.”
Samuel Stone from MCS says, "The awards really help encourage and promote businesses who are putting sustainable seafood on the menu. Our seas are there for all of us to enjoy and benefit from, but there is unprecedented demand for seafood worldwide. Through choosing seafood from the most responsible sources, such as from MCS Fish to Eat list, businesses and consumers can help ensure that our marine resources are plentiful – both now and in the future.”
George Clarke says great strides have been taken by fishermen, suppliers and shops in recent years, making the route to operating a sustainable shop more accessible than ever before.
To enter the award, visit www.fishandchipawards.com to register and complete an entry form.