As you know we are passionate about fish at Krispies, not just cooking it and serving it but also making sure we know where the fish we serve comes from. As you probably know Krispies is MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified so you can depend on the fact that our fish comes from sustainable and responsible sources.
There has been much press recently regarding the amount of plastic in our oceans. In fact, it is estimated that up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year - killing marine life and threatening precious ecosystems.
This problem of plastic and rubbish in our seas comes right to our door step so we decided to not only sponsor the Exe Estuary Management Spring Estuary Beach Clean for the first time this year but also by getting involved with the actual clean.
So, on a bright and very breezy afternoon my son, Charlie, and I rolled up our sleeves, put on our gloves, armed ourselves with tongs and the all important rubbish bags and got on to the estuary to help give it a good clean. (In case you were wondering Tim was working not shirking, someone had to cook our fish supper!)
We had decided to do this to help keep Exmouth clean, to give something back to our local community and promote sustainability. What I hadn’t bargained for was what a great day out it was. Around 100 people turned up, it was so nice to see so many people who care about our estuary and our community. The sun was shining and everyone was in a great mood so we spread out over the duck pond area and got cleaning. Charlie loved wading through the water and hunting down the bits and bobs that have no right to be there. Between the two of us we collected two large bags of rubbish – we picked up empty bottles, plastic bags and all the things you would expect to find as well as quite a few single shoes – there must be many people hopping around after a naughty wave stole one of their shoes whilst they were paddling!
After a couple of hours between us all we had nearly filled a whole skip of rubbish and it was definitely time for food. We hope the volunteers enjoyed their free Fish and Chips, they certainly deserved them.
All in all it was a fabulous day, great fun for all ages and I highly recommend it – it was so nice to be outside looking after our beautiful environment which I think we can all sometimes take for granted. In fact, we loved it so much we have already agreed to sponsor the Beach Clean again in September. If you are interested in coming along you need to register to be involved so keep an eye on our website or the Exe Estuary Management Partnership site for more information on dates and times but you can be sure Krispies Fish & Chips will be served on the day and Charlie and I will be there again with our rubbish bags.