The Fisherman’s Wife in Whitby is set to embark on a two-day educational study trip to Scotland on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish.
The five businesses – all finalists for the Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award – have been invited to take part in the exclusive trip which is organised by awards sponsor Seafood Scotland and funded by Connect Local.
During the trip, The Fisherman’s Wife will visit the port of Peterhead – Europe’s leading whitefish fishing port, accounting for around 79% of all UK whitefish landings – where they will learn about the vital supply chain of haddock and cod for the fish frying industry and the wider UK food sector.
Currently undergoing a £50m facilities upgrade, the port of Peterhead is at the forefront of the Scottish fishing market.
Starting the trip with an early morning visit to the lively fish market, the finalists will have the opportunity to explore the daily routine of Europe’s whitefish capital while also learning about the sustainable fisheries management practices followed by the Scottish fishing fleet – advancing their knowledge of the whole fishing and supply process; from catch to plate.
Although traditional catching and fish processing skills continue to play a vital role, finalists will also see how our nation’s fishing heritage is married together with modern technology and equipment, witnessing first-hand how the future of the trade is evolving. They will also begin to understand the socio-economic importance of Scotland’s busiest port and the wider impact it has on the overall UK industry.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, commented: “This trip provides finalists with a valuable opportunity to explore one of the UK’s busiest fishing ports in action. Fish and chip owners will travel from across the country to gain insight and knowledge from industry experts, and be able to take these hints and tips back to their businesses.”
The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK and are considered as the ‘Oscars’ of the fish frying industry.