Bournemouth and Poole has been named the world’s first sustainable fish city, after restaurants and catering firms across the area committed to only using fish from sustainable sources.
Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, has awarded the title to Bournemouth and Poole, which have a food partnership, after organisations including workplaces, schools, universities, hospitals, restaurants and public sector organisations in the two towns pledged that any fish served in meals would be from sustainable sources.
The move follows work by the Sustainable Fish Cities campaign to work with fish-serving businesses and take endangered and unsustainably caught fish off menus.
In Bournemouth and Poole, nearly all primary schools, leisure centres, theatres, Bournemouth Pavilion, large workplace restaurants, Bournemouth University, all major hospitals, AFC Bournemouth and major restaurants are supporting the campaign. The organisations together serve 3.7 million meals per year. Some 13 other UK towns and cities are also in the process of increasing their commitment to using sustainable fish.
Sustainable Fish Cities co-ordinator Ruth Westcott said: “There is no doubt that this achievement will inspire other towns and cities and we hope we this is just the first of many sustainable fish cities in the UK.”