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Don’t worry about media coverage on the end of fish and chips - it’s still on the menu

Our CEO responds to the latest sensationalist media reporting on sustainability in the UK seafood supply chain.

There‘s been some recent media reaction suggesting that concerns about the global footprint of UK seafood consumption means that we need to take fish off the menu. This week we’ve seen disappointing examples of sensationalist reporting, with tactless tabloid headlines proclaiming the end of fish and chips.

It’s particularly frustrating to see these types of headlines appearing at a time when seafood businesses are facing significant challenges. Most recently with skyrocketing energy costs and new restrictions on global seafood supply chains following the impacts of the Russian war in Ukraine. This is a tough time for many businesses across the seafood sector. There’s no doubt that impacts are being significantly felt by everyone in the industry – these businesses could really use the nation’s support.

People buying a takeaway of fish and chips
A serving of good value and nutrition
Fish and chips has long been a favourite dish across the nation because it offers a good value and nutritious meal. The NHS encourages everyone to eat two portions of seafood a week for health and nutrition reasons but as a nation, the UK is falling short of this target. Media articles like the ones we have seen this week risk putting people off eating seafood completely which is unfortunate.

It’s especially disappointing when media articles make no mention of the good work that’s already happening to support sustainability and responsible sourcing practices across our seafood supply chain. The fisheries that our fish and chips come from are well managed with robust data collection and scientific assessments in place. Many already have, or are in the process of applying for, third-party sustainability certification.

Ultimately the seafood industry, in collaboration with government and the research community, continues to work hard to ensure we have sustainable, delicious and healthy seafood on our plates today and in the future.

Find out more

For further information about sustainability and responsible sourcing in UK seafood visit our webpage below:

You can also find more information on some of the work underway on UK fisheries management and wider supply chain initiatives from the link below: