Help Sustainable Fish Cities bring more sustainable fish to your city or town.
After hearing Sustainable Fish Cities talk about their work I wanted to take this opportunity to bring their project to your attention if you are not already aware of it. So who are they and what are they trying to do?
The Sustainable Fish City project began back in 2012 when a working group helped the organizers of the London Olympics and Paralympics to buy only sustainable fish. Inspired by the achievement they began campaigning to make all of the seafood served across London demonstrably sustainable. By 2014 the campaign expanded beyond London and they are urging towns and cities across the UK to become Sustainable Cities.
Our seas are in dire straits and desperately need our help. We can all make a small difference by changing our buying habits. When buying fish in the supermarket or at our local farmers markets, look out for the stickers saying the fish is sustainably caught. Fish caught using pole and line methods is less destructive on the environment and less likely to catch non target fish and mammals. Also consider opting for alternative species which are higher in population numbers. If you are unsure ask your fishmonger and check out this link for more details about which fish species to choose with these great top ten fish swaps.
We can also make a difference by asking our local restaurants to serve sustainably caught fish. As a consumer you have a lot more power than you might think. If more of us ask for and demand sustainable fish on our menus and in our shops, it will be provided, because demand determines supply.
Sustainable Cities have been working on this project with a number of cities across the UK asking them to publicly make a pledge to work on improving sustainable fish supplies. Check out their webpage to add your city or town to the map and see how sustainable it is. Leading by example is Bournemouth & Poole who get a full five out of five stars!
What the stars mean:
1 Star = Local authorities pledge to provide and use a majority of sustainable fish in local schools and council catering.
2 Stars = Hospitals and their catering services pledge to use sustainably sourced fish
3 Stars = When a majority of a town or cities colleges and universities opt into the sustainable food services their catering firms often provide.
4 Stars = A pledge from at least 10 large employment businesses
5 Stars = A big splash from 5 iconic businesses and one innovative campaign.
This means 5 pledges from local food businesses in the community such as; an influential market, big name or celebrity chef restaurant, fish specialist or cookery kitchen. It could also come from a tourist or entertainment attraction such as a gallery, sports stadium, aquarium, zoo or museums. In addition the community need to have local champions or personalities supporting the campaign driving action for sustainable food and pledging on behalf of any catering they represent.
There is just one town with a full five stars, so let’s work together to get more five stars on the map!
Head to Sustainable Fish Cities webpage to find out more information.