Fish and trips for chip shops

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BANICO Ze­niou from Fylde Fish Bar in South­port has been taken to Nor­way to learn about the cout­nry’s fish.

The Nor­we­gian Seafood Coun­cil took him to the west­ern shores on an ed­u­ca­tional study trip to show­case its cod and had­dock - two of the most pop­u­lar fish used by Bri­tish chip shops.

He joined rep­re­sen­ta­tives from eight other shops - all in the run­ning to be crowned the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year - as part of the 30th anniversary Na­tional Fish & Chip Award or­gan­ised by Seafish,

They vis­ited the port city of Åle­sund to learn about one of the largest sus­tain­able cod and had­dock stocks in the world.

The once-in-a-life­time trip gave fi­nal­ists the op­por­tu­nity to learn about the vi­tal sup­ply chain of frozen at sea white­fish.

Nor­way has been sup­ply­ing this “white gold” to the UK for al­most 70 years, ac­count­ing for more than 20% and 30% of our an­nual cod and had­dock con­sump­tion re­spec­tively.

The fi­nal­ists stepped aboard the Geir II – one of the new­est long­line fish­ing ves­sels in the world.

They jour­neyed out on the cold, clear Nor­we­gian wa­ters and un­cov­ered the sci­ence be­hind the coun­try’s sus­tain­able fish­eries man­age­ment pro­gram while wit­ness­ing the en­tire fish­ing process; from bait­ing and “shoot­ing” the lines, to pro­cess­ing and freez­ing at sea.

Re­turn­ing to land, fi­nal­ists had a chance to ex­change knowl­edge with top Nor­we­gian chefs; shar­ing the back­ground and his­tory of the Bri­tish tra­di­tion of fish and chips, while learn­ing tra­di­tional cured Nordic cod recipes with lute­fisk and ba­calao at The Klipp­fisk Academy cook­ery school.

Hans Frode Kiel­land As­myhr, UK di­rec­tor of the Nor­we­gian Seafood Coun­cil, said: “Fish and chips con­tin­ues to be one of the na­tion’s favourite dishes; it goes as far to say that if Brits moved abroad the dish would be pined­for most, along­side the Bri­tish coun­try­side, pubs and cups of tea.

“This ad­dic­tion has eas­ily helped the UK be­come one of the world’s big­gest mar­kets for both cod and had­dock.

“But with UK de­mand for cod and had­dock out­weigh­ing North Sea sup­plies, the UK must also rely on im­ports to keep th­ese de­li­cious white­fish on the na­tion’s menus.”

The win­ner of the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award will be an­nounced at the 30th anniversary Na­tional Fish & Chip Awards cer­e­mony in Lon­don in the new year on Jan­uary 25.

The chip shop rep­re­sen­ta­tives and their hosts on board Geir II

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