MSC UK Awards

We are delighted to announce that this year’s MSC UK Awards will once again be held at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth!

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Now in their 8th year, the MSC UK Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and performance in sustainable fishing and seafood across the entire UK business spectrum. Despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year, there has been great progress in a number of areas. We are grateful for all those working hard to deliver sustainable seafood to consumers across the UK and look forward to celebrating together at our Awards.

 

Save the date: October 7th 2021

MSC UK 2021 Award categories explained

This year we are launching several brand new award categories to recognise the range of contributions that the seafood sector has made in championing sustainability.

Our full list of Award categories is as follows:

MSC UK Canned Brand of the Year

Judged on progress made and totals of the number and volume of MSC labelled products on sale over the past financial year.

MSC UK Fish Counter of the Year

Judged on the number of MSC labelled products, as well as the variety and increase in certified species on sale at UK fresh fish counters.

MSC UK Fisherman of the Year (*New Category*)

Peer-nominated and scored by our expert judging panel. Awarded to a fisherman who has gone above and beyond in championing the importance of sustainability in/for the catching sector.

MSC UK Foodservice Champion of the Year

Nominated by the MSC Commercial team and scored by our expert judging panel. Awarded to a foodservice business that has gone above and beyond in serving MSC labelled products on their menu.

MSC UK Foodservice Supplier of the Year

Judged on the number of MSC labelled products, variety of MSC certified species on sale, and volume of MSC certified fish on sale to UK foodservice companies.

MSC UK Fresh Fish Foodservice Supplier of the Year

Judged by the MSC through self-nominations by MSC certified fresh fish foodservice suppliers. Awarded to a supplier who has supported their customers in identifying new MSC products and species for restaurant businesses and demonstrated commitment to driving progress of certified sustainable seafood within the UK foodservice sector. See below to download the self-nomination form.

MSC UK Frozen Brand of the Year

Judged on progress made and totals of the number and volume of MSC labelled products on sale over the past financial year.

MSC UK Marketing Champion of the Year

Self-nominated and judged by the MSC. Awarded for partner campaigns featuring the MSC which champion the importance of seafood sustainability and generate consumer awareness around the blue MSC ecolabel. See below to download the self-nomination form.

MSC UK Mid-size Store Retailer of the Year

Judged on progress made and totals of the number of MSC labelled products, percentage of total range certified, and volume (tonnes) of MSC fish and seafood on sale at mid-size retail stores.

MSC UK Newcomer of the Year

Awarded to an MSC partner that has newly demonstrated a strong commitment to the MSC programme, helping safeguard seafood supplies and protect our oceans over the past financial year.

MSC UK Ocean Hero

Nominated by the MSC Fisheries team and scored by our expert judging panel. This award recognises and rewards leadership in furthering the sustainability of fisheries.

MSC UK Pet Food Brand of the Year (*New Category*)

Self-nominated and scored by our expert judging panel. Awarded to a pet food brand that has taken innovative steps to introduce new MSC products and promote the importance of certified sustainable fish in pet food. See below to download the self-nomination form.

MSC UK Product of the Year (*New Category*)

Self-nominated and scored by our expert judging panel. Awarded for exceptional efforts in new product innovation and commitment to rewarding and promoting sustainable fishing practices. See below to download the self-nomination form.

MSC UK Retail Supplier of the Year

Judged by the MSC based on nominations from UK retailers.

MSC UK Social Media Hero of the Year (*New Category*)

Judged by the MSC and awarded for innovative and original partner communications across social media, in which the blue MSC ecolabel and seafood sustainability feature prominently, generating awareness around the MSC. 

MSC UK Supermarket of the Year

Judged on progress made and totals of: number of MSC labelled products, percentage of total range certified, and volume (tonnes) of MSC fish and seafood on sale at large retail stores.

*Guest Award Category*

This year we are pleased to welcome our partners the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in joining us for our Awards, to recognise the progress made by the farmed seafood sector over the past year in the UK. ASC will be presenting their guest award:

ASC UK Retailer of the Year 

 

Self-nomination forms

Download the self-nomination form for the categories listed below by clicking on the name.

MSC UK Fresh Fish Foodservice Supplier of the Year

 MSC UK Marketing Champion of the Year

 MSC UK Pet Food Brand of the Year

 MSC UK Product of the Year

 

Meet our expert judging panel

Mitch Tonks

Restaurateur, Food Writer, MSC UK Ambassador

CJ Jackson

CEO, Billingsgate Seafood School and TV personality

Marcus Coleman

CEO, Seafish

Bryce Stewart

Marine Ecologist & Fisheries Biologist, York University

Important note

The MSC UK Awards recognise exceptional achievements and progress in UK sustainable seafood over the past financial year. If there has been a lack of progress during a particular year, that category may not be awarded and held for the following year. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant and variable impact on the seafood industry. Educational institutions and the foodservice sector have been confronted with various states of lockdown around the country over the past year. As a result, the MSC UK team made the decision to withhold the University of the Year and Menu of the Year categories for our 2021 Awards. These categories will be re-evaluated next year. 

Catch up on the event at the National Marine Aquarium below

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MSC UK Awards Event 2020

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Meet the previous award winners

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