An international vegan food brand has estimated that it has saved the equivalent of over 21,000 fish from our oceans in just six months, based on the equivalent weight of its new plant-based fish alternatives sold.
The Fry Family Food Co. calculated that the total weight of its new fish-style fillets sold in Tesco, would equate to a staggering 21,534 haddock saved, based on the average weight and yield of that fish. According to the plant-based company’s calculations, this would mean sales of the new fish-style product could also have saved the equivalent of either 4,550 salmon, 1,534 cod or 130 tuna fish.
Further to this, for every one pound of fish caught, up to five pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill, according to Cowspiracy.com. This means sales of Fry’s plant-based fish alternative could have also prevented the unnecessary capture, harm and often death of the equivalent of 874 porpoises, 309 bottlenose dolphins, 289 green turtles, or two gigantic humpback whales.
The Fry Family Food Co. announced the launch of its fish-style fillets at its Veganuary event earlier this year, making it the newest addition to its growing plant-based range. It has seen steady demand and interest in the product over the past six months, as well as its extensive range of 100% meat-free, high protein products.
2020 has seen a phenomenal rise in people opting for plant-based options, from meat eaters to meat-reducers, vegetarians and vegans alike, with more people signing up for Veganuary this year than ever before (400,000 in 2020 compared to 250,000 in 2019).
Tammy Fry, international marketing director at the Fry Family Food Co, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been able to contribute to reducing the number of fish removed from our oceans this year.
“Animal welfare and environmental protection are absolutely intrinsic to everything we do here at Fry’s, we’re also incredibly conscious of the effects of overfishing on the eco-systems of our marine environments.
“By 2050, it is estimated there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish which is a shocking statistic, so if we can help people make small swaps just once or twice a week and give a plant-based fish alternative a try then this is a huge step in the right direction.
“As always, it’s our amazing customers we want to thank for this milestone, for every fish-style fillet they’ve bought, enjoyed and told their friends and family about. Thank you for helping save our oceans, one fish-style fillet at a time!”
For more information about Fry’s please visit www.fryfamilyfood.com/uk/