Is the fish you buy supplied by Icelandic whalers?

The Hvalur whaling company is Iceland’s biggest whaler. Its managing director, Kristjan Loftsson, also has interests in HB Grandi, one of Iceland’s biggest fishing companies, and the relationship between the fishermen and the whalers in this case could not be cosier. Hvalur uses HB Grandi facilities to process fin whale products, and the two share information on the location of fish. More than half of HB Grandi fish exports go directly to the UK and the rest of Europe. In the UK, much of that fish goes through one of the biggest wholesalers to the fish and chip trade - Warners Fish Merchants.

Fish and Chips - The truth behind one of the UK’s favourite dishes

•  Half of the adult population in the UK visits a fish and chip shop at least once a month.

•  WDC is now looking at meals served to children in schools. The UK's best-selling newspaper has featured our campaign with Sea Life.

But do you know where some of that fish comes from?

  • The Hvalur whaling company is Iceland’s biggest whaler. Its managing director, Kristjan Loftsson, also has interests in HB Grandi, one of Iceland’s biggest fishing companies, and the relationship between the fishermen and the whalers in this case could not be cosier.

  • Hvalur uses HB Grandi facilities to process fin whale products, and the two share information on the location of fish. More than half of HB Grandi fish exports go directly to the UK and the rest of Europe. In the UK, much of that fish goes through one of the biggest wholesalers to the fish and chip trade - Warners Fish Merchants.

  • Warners buys nearly all its fish from HB Grandi and it is estimated that Warners alone supplies 8% of the UK fish and chip market.


Award-winning chippies support our campaign

WDC's campaign to stop fish connected with Iceland's whalers being sold in the UK now has the support of the following award-winning fish and chip establishments:

Fish and Chips at 149

149 Marton Rd, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO16 7DJ

Awards:  Winner of the 'Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year' Award, 2011 (highest accolade in the fish and chip industry), Voted Best Fish and Chips in the UK 2011, 5- star Quality Award.

We support the WDCS campaign; we always buy from sustainable sources because we care about the environment, where our fish comes from and responsible fishing practices."

Colmans

182 - 186 Ocean Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, NE33 2JQ

Awards: Winner of Best UK Fish and Chip Restaurant 2011.
(also: Fish and Chip Shop of The Year No. 1 England, National Champion UK TV Food Heroes, Winner Best UK Takeaway at the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2007, Regional Winner Fish and Chip Shop of the Year, Sea Fish Quality Awards Holder and recommended by BBC Good Food Magazine and Olive.)

Their owner, Richard Ord said:

I fully support the WDCS campaign. Colmans will not deal with any supplier who has connections with the destruction of whales, and we ensure that our fish suppliers are checked and have to confirm in writing to us that they adhere to our strict procurement criteria. We do not use any fish from Warners, or Grandi, and we would urge other fryers who might not be aware of the situation to check with their own suppliers."

Alfie Grimshaw

94 Priory Road, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 1LQ.

Awards: Regional finalist in 2011 National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award (Midlands Region). National Finalist in 'Good Catch Award'.

We do not purchase from either Warners or T Quality"

Elite Fish and Chips

The Moorland Centre, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QN

Award: Voted Lincolnshire’s best fish and chips.

Frankies Fish and Chips

Brae, Shetland, ZE2 9QJ

Awards: Listed in The Independent's '50 best fish and chip shops in the UK'. 5-star Fish Friers Quality Award from Seafish, 2010. National Federation of Fish Friers/Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year 2011 (second place).

Harbour Lights Restaurant

Arwenack Street, Falmouth, TR11 3LH

Awards: National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Awards 2009, winner of the 'Environment and Energy Efficiency' award. First recipients of the award, leading to owner, Peter Fraser, being invited to become a regular contributor in the most read Fish and Chip trade publication: “Fish & Chips and Fast Food”, where he hosts a page on environmental issues. UK Best Dishes Awards 2007 Finalist ‘Best Fish and Chips’.

Peter said:

I'm more than happy to join the campaign, thank you for giving me the opportunity."

Holts Fish and Chips

144 Scotland Road, Nelson, Lancs, BB9 7XT

Award: Best Newcomer: Seafish National Fish and Chip Awards 2011.

Fairfield Plaice

Buxton, Derbyshire

Awards:
We won the 'Most Innovative business Award' in the East Midlands, and the 'Most Innovative business in the wider food sector' in 2010. In 2011 we were highly commended in the Best Newcomer category at the fish and chip awards in London.

Carl Heery of Fairfield Plaice says,

We are an environmentally friendly fish and chip shop in Derbyshire. We do not use plastic, polythene or polystyrene in our packaging. All our packaging is recyclable. Our electricity is from renewable sources, the range is high efficiency and uses 40% less gas and we use 1/3 of the water the previous tenant did through our methods."

Whistler's Fine Fish and Chips

141a West Street, Fareham, PO16 0DU

Awards:
Fish and Chips Quality Award 2011 and 2010

Rana of Whistlers says,

We only source fish from sustainable resources and that it is ethically sourced. To this end, we have written confirmation from our suppliers on the understanding that it is only with this criteria that we will use their services. As extra reassurance our suppliers are also registered with the Marine Stewardship Council."

The Boundry

High Street, Market Deeping, Peterborough PE6 8EB

Awards:
Fish and Chip Quality Award 2011, Eastern England Independent Fish Shop of the Year 2011

Owner Bill Shaw says, 

We, at the Boundary, source all our fish from either Friars Pride or Smales. We would be very pleased to support your campaign and become one of the 'Good Guys' in the industry".

Harry Ramsden's

Britain's best-loved fish and chip shop brand, Harry Ramsden's is also on board! World-famous and with over 35 outlets in the UK, Managing Director Michael L Stickland has written in support of our campaign.

If you are a fish and chip shop or restaurant and would like to add your name to this list and support out campaign please contact us.

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