Whitby company’s lesson in fish and chips

Stuart Fusco with Quayside fish and chips
Stuart Fusco with Quayside fish and chips

The mobile Whitby Fish and Chip Company will be giving students from Durham University a lesson in sustainable fish and chips, to help raise awareness of sustainability, at a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) event on Thursday (Mar 12).

The event, which will be held at the university’s science site, will be encouraging students to post their #fishface selfies in suppport of MSC certified fishing for Earth Hour 2015.

The students will be able to fill up on treats for tweets, with tasters provided by The Whitby Fish and Chip Company’s mobile trailer, while also learning how to choose, prepare and cook fish from a sustainable source.

The event will be the, eyecatching, Whitby Fish And Chip Company’s mobile trailer’s first outing, it is the only MSC certified catering trailer in the UK.

The company is run by the multi-award winning Fusco family, owners of Whitby’s Royal Fisheries, the Fish Box and Independant Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year 2014 Quayside.

The Whitby Fish and Chip Company’s Adrian Fusco said: “We go right back to the source to check that our fish is what it says it is, and we only buy from sustainable sources.

“We’re passionate about helping MSC spread the word about buying the right fish from the right place and what better place to start than with the next generation.”

Quayside, buys its line-caught haddock from the Whitby based family firm Dennis Crooks, and was the first Yorkshire based fish and chip shop to get the prestigious MSC seal of approval, a certification only 12 fish and chip shops in the UK hold.

The MSC works in partnership with fisheries, retailers and governments to transform the world’s seafood markets by promoting sustainable fishing practices and improved standards for sustainable fishing and seafood sustainability.

It work with schools and universities to increase awareness of marine issues and wants to increase sustainable seafood availability with over 25,000 MSC blue “ecolabel” products.

James Simpson, from MSC said: “We’re really excited to be working with the Whitby Fish and Chip Company for #fishface.

“The Fusco family has been great supporters of the MSC and the van looks fantastic. Making fish and chips mobile and taking the chippie to the people is a fantastic idea and I can’t wait to try it.”