Overfishing presents a huge global challenge. Unsustainable fishing practices are leading to the depletion of many fish stocks, which threatens the livelihoods of fishers, the future of our fish supplies, and our marine ecosystems.
The issues of sustainability and responsible sourcing are becoming
increasingly prominent in the fish and chip sector, with growing numbers
of our customers wanting to know more about where and how the
fish and shellfish they are eating have been sourced.
For us communicating to customers in clear, straightforward terms where and how our seafood is sourced and the efforts the industry is taking in the management and responsible sourcing of fish and shellfish is vital.
We would love to source our fish locally. But unfortunately, the local fishing infrastructure cannot supply Fish ’n’ Fritz with the quantities of fish needed daily for us to do that. So we source our fish nationally from reputable suppliers offering us a complete MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) chain of custody certification. We know where our fish is caught, mainly in the North Atlantic, off the coasts of Norway and Iceland, from sustainable wild stocks. Our fish is filleted and frozen at sea for maximum freshness.
Fish ’n’ Fritz has also:
- Introduced ‘Fish & chip’ boxes that are fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. Made from three sheets of paper, two of which are recycled. The sheet in contact with the food uses virgin fibres. All of the paper used is from sustainable sources and is FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council).
- All takeaway knives and forks have been replaced with wooden ones from sustainable forests.
- Paper straws have replaced plastic straws.
- Takeaway cups are made from compostable material.
- Takeaway bags are biodegradable.
- We have joined the Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community and switched our cooking oil to sustainably sourced palm oil.
- Installed a new walk-in freezer which is now a more ‘Eco-Friendly model that uses 33% less electricity, with gas that has a GWP 3 (low greenhouse impact).
We hope to reassure our customers that they can continue to enjoy seafood for generations to come.
Sustainability is about all our futures.
Our local community work focuses on people facing varying financial hardships and homelessness.
We donate ‘Family Fruit & Veg Boxes’ to The Weymouth Foodbank each year. They do incredible work in the local community. They distribute over 50,000 meals annually to families across Weymouth from their three outlets. Weymouth Baptist Church, Westham Methodist Church and St Francis, Littlemoor. You can find out more about the great work they do here: www.weymouthfoodbank.co.uk.
We operate a ‘Suspended Coffee (and food) Scheme’ where customers can buy a hot drink or food for someone less fortunate. People who have fallen on hard times or maybe rough sleepers can come in and ask for food or a drink from the scheme. The ‘Suspended Coffee’ or ‘Caffè Sospeso’ idea started in Naples, Italy. When someone has had good luck, they buy a sospese, two coffees but only drink one, gifting the other to someone else. Over the years, we have given away literally thousands of hot drinks and meals to those less fortunate than ourselves.
This work has led to us working with and raising money for The Bus Shelter Dorset and The Lantern Trust. They are two fantastic local organisations that work tirelessly with Weymouth’s homeless community.
If you have mobility issues or need wheelchair access. Please, ask and we will help. We have a portable access ramp at the front of the takeaway to make access easier if you need it. We have a fully accessible toilet with baby changing facilities.
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