Fish fingers more sustainable than you might think, says charity
Published on Friday, 2nd November 2018
Fish fingers more sustainable than you might think, says conservation charity
New research from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has revealed that the sustainability of the nation's favourite entry level fish product – the fish finger – isn't as bad as may be imagined.
The charity's new 'Good Fish Guide' found that the majority of fish in 48 retail own-brand and branded fingers we investigated came from sustainable green rated 'Best Choice' sources when our Good Fish Guide ratings were applied to the fish ingredient.
Within the Guide, 85% of the fish in the 48 retailer own-brand and branded fingers investigated were found to come from sustainable sources.
But, despite that, the lack of clear labelling means it is difficult for consumers to know, at a glance, where the fish in their fingers actually comes from.
MCS Sustainable Seafood Advocate Rajina Gurung, who compiled the guide, said: 'Consumers may not be aware that the majority of fish in retail own brand and branded fish fingers actually comes from sustainable choices.
'Some saver brands even turned out to be the most sustainable, showing that you do not have to pay a fortune for sustainability.'
The 48 fish fingers investigated by the MCS contained just four different species of fish – Atlantic cod, Pacific cod, Alaska pollock and haddock – which they say might come as a surprise for many consumers.
The top 15 Best Choice Green Rated fish fingers, in accordance with the MCS Good Fish Guide, were as follows:
Asda smart price fish fingers
Asda omega-3 fish fingers
Co-op omega-3 fish fingers
Iceland breaded fish fingers
Marks & Spencer gluten free cod fish fingers
Morrisons omega-3 fish fingers
Morrisons savers fish fingers
Sainsbury’s cod fillet fish fingers
Sainsbury’s “deliciously free from” cod fish fingers
Sainsbury’s basic fish fingers
Sainsbury’s omega-3 pollock fish fingers
Tesco omega-3 fish fingers
Waitrose essential cod fish fingers
Waitrose essential chunky cod fillet fingers in breadcrumbs
Young’s omega-3 fish fingersTo read the full Good Fish Finger Guide 2018 report, click here.