Sustainable Fish Cities welcomes the Mayor's commitment to sustainable fish buying in the capital, but has asked for clarity on farmed fish
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimate that a third of the world’s ocean’s are overfished whilst fish consumption is at an all time high.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new investigation by Sustainable Fish Cities reveals red-rated fish on the menu in exclusive concert venues, city firms and restaurants.
How well are the UK’s top contract caterers supporting ocean conservation through their sustainable fish buying policies and practices?
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.
Our campaign to promote the buying, serving and promotion of verifiably sustainable fish welcomes announcement of new fisheries bill
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.
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.
Sustainable Fish Campaign Coordinator Ruth Westcott sets out an alarming picture of what’s at stake at this snap General Election.
Fish and chip shops without a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificate are five times more likely to serve the wrong species to their customers, according to DNA tests released today.
Sustainable Fish Cities has joined a diverse global group of commercial and non-profit organisations, led by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, to call for immediate action on top priorities for sustainable tuna fisheries.
The Marine Conservation Society has down-graded the sustainability ratings of some stocks of haddock; stocks in the UK around the North Sea and the coast of Scotland have slipped off the ‘Fish to Eat’ list, and are now considered ‘OK to eat occasionally’.
Sustainable Fish Cities and Seafood Legacy Japan have called on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to serve only demonstrably sustainable fish.
Marine conservation experts, businesses and key advisors to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have written to the organising committee of Tokyo 2020, concerned about proposals that would allow endangered species onto menus. They encourage Tokyo to embrace the Olympic Games as an opportunity to change sustainable fish buying in Japan.
Read Sustain's response to an article on the distance that Salmon has travelled in reaching supermarket shelves.
Retailers are not providing sufficient information on packaging for sea bass, salmon and prawns to use the Marine Conservation Society's Good Fish Guide to assess the products’ sustainability, a study by Ask the Q has found.
This popular fish is in danger of disappearing from menus and oceans without special protection under EU rules.
Thousands of meals served every day in schools, hospitals, universities and colleges in Wales will serve only verifiably sustainable fish, thanks to a pledge by the National Procurement Service (NPS) for Wales announced today.
Four in five (80%) fish and chip fans believe the UK’s 10,500 fish and chip shops should serve certified sustainable fish, according to YouGov research on behalf of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
ICES, the scientific body that recommends fishing catch levels, say UK populations of seabass are so worryingly low that fishing should completely stop.
Thousands of workers, school children and patients will be offered ‘alternative’ sustainable fish species, as T(n)S Catering today announced that they have signed the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge .
On the eve of Rio 2016, last-minute pledges from top caterers mean all London’s top sports venues will now be served sustainable fish. The Copper Box Arena, London Aquatics Centre, The Orbit, Wimbledon Tennis and Oval Cricket Ground receive a ‘gold medal’ for committing to serve sustainable fish.
All fish served during the London 2012 Olympics met top standards for sustainability as part of the Games’ food vision. How will Rio do in comparison?
Maria Damanaki, the former EU commissioner for fisheries, described Britain’s plan to set its own catch levels and control waters an ‘illusion’, thanks to Britain’s geographical position and reliance on the EU for trading fish.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club has joined some of the most prestigious food providers in London and signed the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge.
Following nearly a decade of campaigning and negotiation, the European Parliament has announced a ban on all fishing below 800 metres, and restrictions on fishing below 400 metres to help protect particularly vulnerable deep-sea marine ecosystems that are quick to collapse and regenerate at slow rates.
In the first significant signal about how UK fisheries will be managed post-Brexit, the European commission has said that UK boats will need to stick to catch quotas set by the EU whilst we are still a member. Following Britain’s exit – nothing can be guaranteed.
Durham has become the latest city in the UK to achieve Sustainable Fish City status . Their five-star Sustainable Fish City rating recognises that the city’s top restaurants and workplaces, as well as the University, hospitals, council and schools have collectively pledged to serve and promote only sustainably sourced fish. This enormous commitment to our oceans and fisheries has been welcomed by conservation groups and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bill Moir.
The majority of Cardiff’s students are now dining on Sustainable Fish as Cardiff Metropolitan University sign the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge , earning the city its third star out of the five required to become a Sustainable Fish City.
Discount supermarket Lidl has more than doubled its range of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish over the last year to become the third largest in the UK, behind Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, who have both also increased their product range.
Since launching the campaign action only a week ago, asking some of the UK's biggest high street chains to come clean on their fish sourcing, we have paused the action due to swift responses from Bella Italia, Café Rouge and JD Wetherspoon in publishing their fish policies.
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