Wahaca, Mexican Market Eating
Looking to the markets of Mexico for inspiration, Wahaca was born out of
love for fresh, honest, Mexican market food. The restaurant takes a
pride in sourcing ingredients as ethically and locally as possible, and
enthusiastically signed up to Sustainable Fish City.
Wahaca explains its concerns: "Our oceans are suffering from depleted stocks of fish as a result of destructive over-fishing and commercial fishing methods - at least 70% of the world's fish stocks are over-fished, and some stocks are at such low levels that they are in danger of collapse. In the North Sea alone, many once plentiful species such as cod, common skate, bluefin tuna and plaice are now over-fished, or in some cases, virtually extinct. A staggering one third of all fish caught globally is thrown overboard. The use of massive trawler nets, which catch everything in their path, are extremely damaging to marine habitats and species, such as dolphins and seals."
When signing up to Sustainable Fish City, Wahaca said: "At
Wahaca we have an extremely strict fish buying policy - we never buy
endangered species or fish in its breeding season. We were one of the
first restaurants in the UK to pass an audit by the Marine Stewardship
Council and to stock their approved fish on our menu. We started doing
this in May 2008 when we were granted permission to use their logo on
our menus when we purchase fish from their fisheries."
"We work closely
with our fish supplier to find species of wild and farmed fish that meet
our strict standards on sustainability. We try to use lesser-known
species of non-endangered fish like grey mullet and herring to preserve
stock levels of species whose stocks are severely depleted (e.g. cod,
tuna and haddock)."