The Marine Stewardship Council is an independent charity which runs an exciting and ambitious program. Their vision is of the world's oceans teaming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for the current and future generations.
With independent experts, they develop standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. They ensure that MSC labelled seafood comes from, and can be traced back to, a sustainable fishery.
Lows is proud to be serving MSC fish from sustainable sources.
In December 2017, Lows Traditional Fish & Chips made a commitment to our customers to responsibly source all fish that it served. We did this by becoming accredited through the Marine Stewardship Council. If there is any doubt in sustainability, the fish species is removed from our menu. This is why species such as Skate are no longer sold at Lows. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) grade the sustainability of specific fisheries from 1 to 5. Any fishery rated “5” is judged to be unsustainable and should not be sold by responsible restaurants.
Our Chain of Custody Certificate Code: MSC-C-53712-127
Species Sold by Lows:
The factory is located in the north-east of Scotland’s third largest city, Aberdeen and started as the Caledonian Fishmeal Company in 1977. The factory processes trimmings mainly from the human fish processing industry and converts them into high grade fishmeal and fish oil. This in turn is used as a high protein feed in the aquaculture, poultry and pig industries.
Trimmings from herring, mackerel, cod, haddock and salmon are some of the key species that are processed on site. These trimmings are received from all over Scotland – from the key ports of Peterhead and Fraserburgh in the north-east to the salmon farms on the west coast.
The factory can process up to 700 tonnes per day and operates all year round. The site holds an IPPC licence regulated by SEPA and is licensed to operate under ABPR by Animal Health. The factory has FEMAS accreditation and organic registration.