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Sustainable Fish Cities responds to draft London Food Strategy

Sustainable Fish Cities welcomes the Mayor's commitment to sustainable fish buying in the capital, but has asked for clarity on farmed fish 

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The draft London Food Strategy, released in May, promised to serve sustainable fish across the Greater London Authority (GLA) Group through the food sold in staff restaurants and to promote good food more widely across London, including sustainable fish.

The draft strategy was open to consultation until July 5th, and Sustainable Fish Cities submitted the following to clarify the ecolabels that denote responsibly farmed fish:

Definition of sustainable fish and Aquaculture
There have been significant developments in standards and accreditation for farmed fish in the last few years, and we hope we can reflect the most up to date thinking on verifiably sustainable farmed fish in the London Plan

Annex 3 (page 46 para 2) – The text at the moment:
…promoting the best (green-rated 1 or 2 by the MCS) including Marine Stewardship Council ( certified marine fish, and Organic, RSPCA Assured or Aquaculture Stewardship Council ( certified farmed fish; and improving the rest (amber-rated 3 or 4 by the MCS).
Please could we recommend that this be changed to the following:
…promoting the best (green-rated 1 or 2 by the MCS) including Marine Stewardship Council ( certified marine fish, and Organic, RSPCA Assured, Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture Practices (3* and above), GlobalGAP or Aquaculture Stewardship Council ( certified farmed fish;
This would ensure that the newer, respected, independent ecolabels for farmed fish are included.

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