Cardiff pledges to serve millions of sustainable fish meals

Schoolchildren, university students, hospital patients and NHS staff across Cardiff will be offered sustainable fish as part of a campaign to make Cardiff the world’s first Sustainable Fish City.

Today, to celebrate World Fisheries Day, three of Cardiff’s top caterers, serving over three million meals per year have promised to help by pledging to serve only sustainable fish.

The commitments by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, City of Cardiff Council Education Catering and Cardiff University include removing all endangered species from menus, and promoting fish which has been demonstrated to be sustainable, such as Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish and those from the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘fish to eat’ list.

Cardiff is a member of the Sustainable Food Cities network, a new collaborative approach to tackling food issues across towns, cities and counties. Food Cardiff will now work to generate the support of businesses, high-profile restaurants and iconic venues – asking them to sign up to a sustainable fish policy, and they are supported by a group of national and international sustainable food and marine conservation charities. Ruth Westcott, co-coordinator of the national Sustainable Fish Cities Campaign said ‘This is a movement with huge momentum. Caterers, citizens, restaurants, and towns across the UK are turning their back on unsustainable fish and it’s fantastic to see that Cardiff is ahead of the pack’. Fish is just one of many food issues that Cardiff are working on through their Sustainable Food City partnership. Over 35 places in the UK are taking this collaborative approach addressing issues including food waste, food poverty, improving public sector food and supporting food enterprises.

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