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Sainsbury's and Tesco catch sustainable fish awards

Tesco and Sainsbury's have won top awards for the variety of sustainable fish they offer customers.

Sainsbury's won the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) UK supermarket of the year award for the fourth year running for its "huge" selection of 225 certified sustainable fish products, including fresh, frozen, canned and counter items.

However Sainsbury's fish counters were beaten by rival Tesco, who won for offering 22 sustainable options to shoppers.

Restaurateur Thomasina Miers was given a special achievement award for championing MSC seafood across her Wahaca restaurant chain for almost 10 years.

MSC North East Atlantic programme director Toby Middleton said: "Sainsbury's continues to lead the way which is why we've awarded them Supermarket of the Year for the fourth year running.

"Similarly, Tesco were best newcomer in 2016, so to win the fish counter award this year shows an enormous amount of progress in just 12 months.

"Retailers, restaurants and brands are upping their game when it comes to sustainable seafood. Much of this is thanks to consumers.

"Whether popping to the chippie for supper, picking up a tuna sandwich or enjoying a seafood platter in a top restaurant, shoppers and diners expect a sustainable choice."

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