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Cornish fish and chip shop voted most sustainable in UK

Cornish fish and chip shop voted most sustainable in UK

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:51pm 25th January 2019. (Updated at 3:52pm 25th January 2019)

A Cornish fish and chip shop has won an award for having the best sustainable fish supper.

Frasers Fish and Chips in Penzance has bettered the competition and been praised for sourcing local, sustainable seafood.

The chippy scooped the Good Catch Award at the 31st National Fish and Chip Awards

The award, which is jointly supported by Marine Conservation Society and the Marine Stewardship Council, 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 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.

"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!"

Rajina Gurung, MCS Seafood Sustainability Advocate and Good Catch judge

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.

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