Cambridge Sustainable Food is celebrating Cambridge’s first Sustainable Fish Cities star for higher education! 19 colleges and two other Cambridge University institutions (Madingley Hall and the University Centre) have signed a pledge to serve sustainably caught fish. This means that they will (in the words of the pledge):
- Avoid the worst by telling their suppliers to remove endangered species from menus and catering – those rated as ‘fish to avoid’ by the Marine Conservation Society
- Promote the best by serving sustainably managed fish – MSC-certified fish, and those rated as ‘fish to eat’ by the Marine Conservation Society
- Improve the rest by telling their suppliers they want to serve only sustainable fish – and that there are organisations that can help them to do this, such as Good Catch and the MSC.
They have also pledged to publicise what they are doing. A copy of the full pledge is available to download here. This star is significant, as, between them, the 21 institutions serve over 3 million meals per year. Without campaigns such as Sustainable Fish Cities, we are in danger of losing many favourite fish species for ever within a few decades.
The 21 Cambridge institutions are Christ’s, Churchill, Clare, Corpus Christi, Darwin, Emmanuel, Fitzwilliam, Girton, Homerton, Jesus, Madingley Hall, Magdalene, Newnham, Pembroke, Peterhouse , Robinson, Sidney Sussex, Selwyn, St John’s, Trinity Hall and The University Centre. You can see them listed on the Sustainable Fish Cities website.
Many congratulations to the colleges and in particular to Kevin Keohane, Christ’s College Catering Manager, who has coordinated the effort to get the colleges on board (Kevin is on the Cambridge Sustainable Food committee).