Two fish and chip shops in Bristol have received MSC certification, making it easier for locals to choose sustainable seafood.
Clifton Village and Stoke Bishop Fish Bar can now both use the MSC blue fish ecolabel on its cod and haddock, assuring customers that the fish sold has been responsibly caught using sustainable methods. It also means it can be traced back to the fishermen who caught it.
Both businesses are owned by Marco Maestri, who’s being involved in the fish and chip industry since helping his father since the age of eight.
He bought his father’s old business in Clifton Village 11 years ago and later decide to expand into the neighbouring village, Stoke Bishop.
Sustainability is a hallmark of Marco's business - he uses a high efficiency frying range, packages fish and chips in boxes made from recycled materials and has used oil collected and recycled into bio fuel, which is used by one of its suppliers for delivery trucks.
Commenting on the certification, Marco says: “We pride ourselves on providing the best quality fish and chips we can to our customers. We believe sustainability of fish stocks is vital to us as a business so we can continue to supply our national dish for generations to come. Our number one bestseller cod is now MSC-certified soon to be followed by our other fish. The greater British sustainable fish we have means more happy customers for years to come.”
Loren Hiller, commercial officer at the MSC, adds: “It’s fantastic to have Clifton and Stoke Bishop Fish Bar achieving certified sustainable seafood for its fish and chip fans in Bristol. At a time when our ocean’s health is vitally important, making it easy for Bristolians to consume sustainable seafood is the way forward.”