An investigation by Sustainable Fish Cities, and published today in the Independent, has found that UK fishers are losing out on markets worth an estimated £62 million because UK companies are buying-in sustainable fish from overseas.
The UK Fisheries Bill, due for introduction to Parliament in 2018, needs to have a strong overall vision, to make sure fishers are guaranteed a bright, sustainable future.
Sustain has submitted evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee ‘Sustainable Seas’ inquiry, urging government to make more use of the very significant buying power of the public and food business sectors to secure a sustainable future for fish stocks and marine ecosystems.
Sustain has raised renewed concerns about the UK’s commitment to end overfishing, as leading European fishery policy experts highlight the need for all EU members to accelerate progress towards their agreed 2020 deadline.
The Falkland Islands government has lobbied British MPs to ensure that their fishing industry continues to have access to EU markets after Brexit, with fishing accounting for 41% of the Islands’ economy.
The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously on 15 May to withhold consent for the government’s proposed EU Withdrawal Bill. The move airs concerns that the Bill represents a power grab by Westminster over devolved policy areas such as agriculture and fisheries, as policy-setting responsibilities return to the UK from the EU.
The House of Commons Library has produced a range of helpful documents, including this recently updated Brexit Timeline, covering the period 2016 to 2020.
Three separate parliamentary committees - as well as supermarket and food manufacturing associations – and former government trade advisors – have warned that the UK is ill-prepared for future trade deals.
Brexit transition arrangements recently agreed between the UK and EU, set to last until the end of 2020, should reassure seafood companies and provide opportunities to prepare for the future, said UK fisheries minister George Eustice.
Sustainable Fish Cities, the campaign to ensure only sustainable fish is eaten out of home in London, has welcomed the Mayor’s commitment to sustainable fish buying in the capital.
The Sustainable Fish Cities campaign was honoured alongside the procurement community’s finest at the UK Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.
Sustain has written to all MPs to provide briefings on four major areas of policy. These topics are covered in a number of Defra and Department for International Trade white papers or command papers, expected shortly, or which are currently out for consultation. Bills are due to be brought before Parliament in this session.
New analysis, reported in the Guardian today, has found that both the UK fishing industry and consumers would be financially worse off from a hard Brexit.
The Institute for Government has published a report on Devolution after Brexit, 'Managing the environment, agriculture and fisheries', recommending changes to the way the governments of the four UK nations interact and make decisions.
Friends of the Earth is warning of risks to fish and the environment from a not-so-green Brexit, following an analysis of likely scenarios by Sheffield University.
Sustainable Fish Cities wants to know who you would like to see serving sustainable fish. The campaign is inviting the public to vote on the next steps by completing an online poll.
I am delighted to have just contributed to a review of how well the UK is progressing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted globally in 2015.
The Marine Stewardship Council offers funding for students studying sustainable fisheries.
A super-sized genetically engineered salmon could be on sale in US grocery stores from next year. AquaBounty Technologies, who have grown and are marketing the fish, believe this could be a sustainable solution to over-fishing.
Tech designers and developers from across the world come together for Fishackathon to build practical tech solutions to the challenge of sustainable fish.
During December 2017 and January 2018, the UK Labour Party consulted on their policies for coastal communities, in particular fishing and the fishing industry. Read on for Sustainable Fish Cities' response to this consultation.
Many are now deeply concerned that in the race to secure international trade deals, the UK may come under severe pressure to compromise our food standards – a damaging race to the bottom. Sustain's Kath Dalmeny sets out how trade deals must now be used to promote a beneficial race to the top.
A conference on the Implications of Brexit for Rural Land Management and Fisheries in Wales will take place on Tuesday 13th February 2018, 11am-4pm a the Medrus Centre, Aberystwyth University. Speakers are from the Wales Centre for Public Policy and Sustain alliance member New Economics Foundation.
A collection of essays has been published, curated by the Health Foundation. It features contributions from Kath Dalmeny of Sustain; Sue Davies of Which?; Councillor Richard Kemp from Liverpool; Nina Renshaw of the European Public Health Alliance; and Karen Steadman of the Work Foundation; as well as considerations for policy-makers.
Initial Sustain response to the publication of the new Government 25 year Environment Plan By Prime Minister Theresa May today.
Ruth Westcott questioned the board of directors and JD Wetherspoon’s founder and chairperson, Tim Martin, at the company’s 2017 Annual General Meeting in a pub in the heart of the City of London.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is the Government’s principal body for managing the seas around England.
Briefing for parliamentarians and policy makers, from the Greener UK coalition of environmental organisations, working with Sustain, to support sustainable fisheries management post-Brexit.
This year the UK will have spent more money on ethical products than ever before. According to the Ethical Consumer Report the UK now spends £81.3 billion a year on ethical goods and services - up 3.2% from the previous year.
How well are the UK’s top contract caterers supporting ocean conservation through their sustainable fish buying policies and practices?
A new investigation by Sustainable Fish Cities reveals red-rated fish on the menu in exclusive concert venues, city firms and restaurants.
Pub operator JD Wetherspoon has issued a new beer mat accusing business leaders of misleading the public on expected food price hikes after Brexit. Sustain responds.
Sustain's Chair Professor Mike Rayner reflects on alliance successes over the past year, speaking at Sustain's Annual Gathering in November 2017. The experiences of the past year suggest that this is the time for the Sustain alliance to prove its full worth.
The British Dietetic Association have updated their policy on Sustainable Diets. The influential health professionals say we should reduce our red and processed meat and instead get protein from beans and pulses.
A major new piece of research from the New Economics Foundation explores scenarios for what Brexit will mean for the UK’s fishing industry.
Sir Ian Cheshire, chair of Barclays UK and Debenhams and the former Kingfisher chief executive, will chair a major new Commission into the Future of Food and Farming, organised by the RSA [Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce].
The UK’s departure from the European Union has profound implications for our food, farming and fishing. The Sustain alliance Campaign for a Better Food Britain seeks to ensure the best possible outcome for the UK’s food, farming and fishing industries, for citizens and the environment. Find out more about the Repeal, Trade, Agriculture and Fisheries Bills to come.
With the ocean increasingly under siege from climate change, pollution, over-fishing, industrial activity and plastics, it is troubling that 60% of it has no conservation rules because it is outside national jurisdiction. Now the UN has plans for 'BBNJ' -- Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction.
Sustain is campaigning for a Better Food Britain. This will seek to achieve the best possible outcomes for better food, farming and fishing as the UK leaves the European Union. The alliance met on 27 June 2017 to identify priorities for action in pursuit of the common goal of a Better Food Britain.
The Marine Conservation Society is calling on concerned citizens to lobby their MPs to protect wildlife laws that may come into question in the Brexit process.
The EU helps direct policy for much (not all) commercial fishing in the UK, so we can develop an ambitious new sustainable fishing regime when we leave. There will be a new Fisheries Bill in the coming months - what are the key opportunities for change?
Our campaign to promote the buying, serving and promotion of verifiably sustainable fish welcomes announcement of new fisheries bill
Queen’s Speech sets out agenda for two-year Parliament that will see transposition of EU law via the Repeal Bill; a new Trade Bill, Agriculture Bill and Fisheries Bill, as negotiations commence between the UK and EU on the Brexit Deal for the UK leaving the European Union.
On World Sea Turtle Day a report reveals than an estimated 29,000 marine turtles are killed each year in tropical prawn trawls that export to the EU, with the UK being the biggest market WWF is calling on the UK government to require all tropical prawn trawlers exporting into the UK use Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs)
The city of Manchester has taken a major step towards being crowned a Sustainable Fish City  as top universities and colleges commit to switching to serving sustainable fish.
A new paper makes the case that seafood standards focus on environmental sustainability, while failing to take social concerns into account. It argues that unless the standards recognise, for example, the need for decent livelihooods and equitable access to resources, the seafood sector cannot be truly sustainable.
French President Macron states he will defend the right of French fishermen to catch fish in British waters after Brexit.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) today published it's Global Impacts Report 2017, detailing more than a thousand positive changes made by certified fisheries to safeguard fish stocks and marine habitats.
That makes it all twice as sustainable, right? Led by veteran food campaigner Patrick Holden, the Sustainable Food Trust campaigns, as we do, for more sustainable food systems, everywhere.
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