The fish supper making change 6000 miles away

Anstruther Fish Bar's menu flags up its sustainably sourced hake.
Anstruther Fish Bar's menu flags up its sustainably sourced hake.
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Anstruther’s Fish Bar is famous for serving up a top notch supper but customers might not know they could be saving the endangered albatross as they tuck into their fish and chips.

The business sells hake that has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as coming from a sustainable source - from a pioneering project 6000 miles away off South Africa.

Previously around 10,000 seabirds - 70 per cent of which were albatrosses - were killed by the hake trawling industry but now the fishery meets strict MSC standards and new research shows there has been a 90 per cent cut in seabird deaths and 99 per cent drop in albatross deaths, largely through the use of ‘bird scaring’ lines.

Nearly 500 tonnes of South African hake is exported annually to the UK to major retailers and fish and chip restaurants like the Anstruther Fish Bar, which also sells MSC-certified sustainable Scottish haddock, halibut and seasonal mackerel, lobster and crab.

Martin Purves, of the MSC, said: “The MSC’s vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life – today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.”