Rio 2016 Olympics restaurants to serve sustainable seafood

Gurjit Degun
6 December 2013

All seafood served to athletes, officials and press at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be certified as sustainably wild caught and responsibly farmed.

It comes as the Rio 2016 Organising Committee agreed to promote Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified seafood at the Games by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU calls for joint projects to be developed to encourage participation in the certification programmes, to recognise sustainable seafood achievements by the 2016 Games, and collaborate on projects to educate and encourage change by consumers. 

Julie Duffus, sustainability manager for the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, said: “This will ensure that our catering not only improves the local food industry but improves it to a standard that will leave a lasting, positive legacy post Games for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.”

Rupert Howes, chief executive of the MSC, said: “We will be working closely over the coming years with the state of Rio to encourage local fisheries into the third party assessment process and hope that fish and seafood caught from these and other fisheries that have met MSC's standard for environmentally responsible and sustainable fishing will be available for the 14 million meals that will be served during the Games.”

ASC chief executive Chris Ninnes added: “I look forward to seeing many small scale farms across the state of Rio recognised for their good management. The collective action of the farms that enter the ASC programme will undoubtedly have a positive effect for the future of aquaculture in the region as it moves towards environmental sustainability.”

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