UK supermarket group Booths is withdrawing ‘dredged scallops’ on its shelves in northern England, according to Lancashire Evening Post (LEP).
Booths has confirmed to LEP it will only source the shellfish from The Ethical Shellfish Company, a Scottish company which only supplies scallops collected by hand divers.
Booths will now sell the products through its 29 stores, including in Preston, Penwortham and Chorley.
The announcement comes as a new television series by chef Hugh-Fearnley Whittingstall will broadcast this week that will come out against scallop dredging. Mark Greet, chairman of the UK scallop association, criticized the campaign, saying focusing on dredging is the wrong focus.
Booths’ chief operating officer Chris Dee told LEP that the decision was “the right thing to do” with intensive fishing methods such as dredging proven to damage seabeds.
“Taking the decision to remove dredged scallops was easy; it’s simply the right thing to do if our customers are to continue to buy a range of high quality fish and seafood from our counters,” he said.