Environment and Sustainability

At Towngate Fisheries we do everything we can to minimise our impact on the environment whilst serving delicious sustainable fish and chips.

MSC Certified Haddock

MSC LogoIn 2016, Towngate Fisheries became the first fish and chip shop in Bradford to be Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified. By displaying the MSC ecolabel, along with our certification number, we are showing our commitment to sustainable fishing practices and helping to minimising our environmental impact on the world’s oceans.

For more information about the Marine Stewardship Council, please visit www.msc.org.

Traceability and provenance

Iceland Responsible FisheriesOur MSC certified haddock is only sourced from a few select Icelandic Freezer Trawlers which subscribe to the Icelandic Responsible Fisheries program. Every day we display in the shop the name of the trawler that caught that day's haddock and the area of the ocean in which it was caught.

But we don’t stop there! Our chips are produced off site by PG Chips. This reduces the amount of water needed to prepare the chips, as they can recycle their waste water and extract the starch from it, and the peelings are used for fertiliser rather than going down the drain.

We use local products where possible: we only use British potatoes, usually from Lincolnshire or Cambridgeshire and their origins are displayed in the shop. Our mushy peas are made from British grown marrowfat peas and our own-recipe batter is usually made with UK grown flour.

Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson Trawler

Packaging

We serve our fish and chips in Bio Boxes, made from Bagasse, a by-product of sugar cane. They are compostable, as are our coffee cups and forks. We use paper carrier bags rather than plastic bags and paper bags for our teacakes. We provide paper straws not plastic ones. Our cartons for peas and curry sauce are paper. These currently have (recyclable) plastic lids, but we are actively pressing our suppliers for a non-plastic alternative.

Recycling and energy efficiency

All our food waste is recycled, as is our cardboard and any waste oil we have to dispose of.

Our frying range uses the latest high efficiency technology to minimise gas usage and is up to 94% efficient (compared to an old frying rage that is only 50% efficient in terms of gas consumption). We have also fitted low energy LED lighting to reduce our energy consumption.

 

MSC certified haddock

MSC certified haddock

British potato fields

Chips made with British potatoes

Mushy peas prepared on site

Bio Boxes