Frankie's gain Eco-recognition for Shetland Sustainable Seafood

March 27th 2014

Frankie’s Fish & Chips in Shetland has now won recognition for four sustainably-caught types of fish and shellfish sold in the award-winning shop.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has granted Chain of Custody status for haddock and brown crab caught or harvested in the waters around the isles.

The same MSC Chain of Custody status was awarded to Frankie’s for mussels and scallops last year.

Haddock, mussels, scallops and crab are identified on menus in the shop and café by the familiar MSC ecolabel – a white tick on a blue background.

MSC Chain of Custody is designed to give consumers and seafood buyers confidence that they are buying fish that when caught will not lead to depletion of those stocks.

As well as sustainable fish stocks, MSC certification recognises effective fisheries management and minimal environmental impact.

Frankie’s owner Valerie Johnson said: “We are delighted to say that you can now buy a fish supper at Frankie’s without worrying that it causes harm to the haddock stock in the seas off Shetland or the environment.

“The same applies to the brown crab dishes that we have brought onto our menus.

“This complements our MSC-certified mussels and scallops. The provenance of our seafood is of great importance to us.”

Frankies Fish & Chips, in Brae, was named best in Scotland and runner-up in the UK in the annual National Fish & Chip Awards in London in January this year.

George Clark, UK Commercial Manager for the MSC, said: “It is fantastic to see Frankie’s make such a positive commitment to serving certified sustainable fish and seafood.

“Their approach to ensure that local MSC-certified fish and seafood can be served on the menu as a result of their MSC Chain of Custody certification is highly commendable and the restaurant is leading the way in that respect in Scotland.”