The following shows which national and London government institutions have signed up to the Sustainable Fish City pledge for their fish buying, also promising to promote sustainable fish to their staff and visitors.
In June 2011, the UK government announced a new mandatory policy of using only sustainable fish in its catering for Central Government in England. The government has adopted the same definition of sustainable seafood as we have used for Sustainable Fish City and as for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games catering. This policy now covers all catering for Number 10, Whitehall, Central Government departments, prisons, and some parts of the armed forces - greatly improving the sustainability of fish served in meals to around 400,000 people per year.
The City of London provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. Its responsibilities extend far beyond the City boundaries in that it also provides a host of additional facilities for the benefit of the nation. These range from open spaces such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath to the famous Barbican Arts Centre. In 2012 the City of London Corporation signed the Sustainable Fish City pledge for food served to employees and at functions held at the historic Guildhall and Mansion House.
In 2011, the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) also signed up to the Sustainable Fish City pledge, confirming their commitment to serving only sustainable fish in food served in Defra canteens and at events.
In 2011, the UK's House of Commons also signed up to the Sustainable Fish City pledge, confirming their commitment to serving only sustainable fish in food served to MPs and their visitors at the Houses of Parliament.
In December 2010, the London Mayor's food advisor Rosie Boycott announced that the Greater London Authority Group (GLA Group) would commit to using healthy and sustainable food for catering provided to the London Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, the London Fire Brigade and the GLA's own staff and events at City Hall. Together, these reportedly consume more than 10 million meals a year. The commitment includes a promise to use only sustainable fish, adopting the same definition as used by Sustainable Fish City and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. [read more...] [read press release...]
In the 2011 edition of the Good Food for London report, we showed that 17 out of London’s 33 boroughs had by then taken at least one step to support sustainable fish, with four having taken at least two steps. By 2012, 26 boroughs were taking at least one step, of which 11 were taking at least two. By 2013 there were 27 boroughs taking at least one step, with 12 taking at least two. Step by step, London is becoming a sustainable fish city!
London Boroughs that are now showing “leadership on sustainable fish” are Barking & Dagenham, Camden, City of London, Greenwich, Havering, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond-upon-Thames, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Havering was also highlighted in the 2012 and 2013 surveys as a 'Big Fish' for leadership, helping other boroughs to buy Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable fish cost-effectively through collaborative contracts.
Unfortunately, six London Boroughs - Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow and Hillingdon - still do not appear to be taking any significant steps to buy or promote sustainable fish.
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