UK universities sign sustainable fish pledge


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 6, 2011

More than 188,000 London students will now be served sustainable fish after 14 universities singed the Sustainable Fish City pledge, committing to serve only fish from sustainable sources.

Sustainable Fish City — a campaign make London the world’s first city where businesses, institutions and citizens all support sustainable seafood consumption — was launched in January. Organized by a team of food and conservation groups, it aims to complete its goal by 2012.

The 14 universities and colleges that signed the pledge are Birkbeck; City University London; University of East London; Goldsmiths; University of Greenwich; Imperial College; Institute of Education; Kingston University London; Queen Mary, University of London; Royal College of Music; Royal Veterinary College; School of Pharmacy; School of Oriental and African Studies; and University College London.

“It is inspiring to hear that so many of London’s universities are helping to secure a sustainable fish future,” said Tim Lang, professor of food policy for the Centre for Food Policy at City University London. “Educational institutions recognize their role in helping the younger generation to tackle the serious challenges that now face human beings living on a planet with finite resources. What better way to demonstrate to our policymakers of the future that sustainable fish is delicious, achievable and affordable than to serve it in university canteens, and promote this to staff and students.”

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