Two Yorkshire fish and chip shop’ determination to serve only fish from sustainable supplies has landed them with an international enviromental award.

Scotts of Helmsley and its sister venue,Scotts at Bilbrough, have joined a select band of just 47 fish and chip shops in the country to carry the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council’s) Fisheries Standard.

This standard has been developed on consultation with the fishing industry, scientists and conservation groups. The MSC label means that the fish used is from a source which has been independently certified as well-managed and sustainable.

Certification to the MSC Fisheries Standard is voluntary. It is open to all fisheries involved in capture of marine or freshwater organisms.

The process to become certified involves a pre-assessment evaluation of the fishery, full assessment and further annual surveillance to access compliance with MSC Certification Requirements.

George Clarke, UK commercial manager for the MSC, said: “It is fantastic that Scotts have pursued this certification for not one, but both of their chippies. It really shows their commitment to sustainable seafood.”

Tony Webster, owner of Scotts of Helmsley and Scotts at Bilbrough, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this important industry accreditation for both our Helmsley and York fish and chip shops.”

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