City schools lead fight to safeguard UK’s fish stocks

City schools lead fight to safeguard UK’s fish stocks

City schools lead fight to safeguard UK’s fish stocks

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BRIGHTON and Hove is the ‘plaice’ to be for sustainable seafood.

The city’s 54 state-funded primary schools have been given an A* by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) after a report found every single school was serving sustainable fish.

Using fish from sustainable sources will become mandatory as part of new School Food Standards from January.

While the rest of England is lagging in sustainable food, every one of the city’s 18,399 primary school pupils are being served eco-friendly fish.

The Government is introducing the scheme in an attempt to conserve fish supplies in the UK.

Councillor Sue Shanks, chairwoman of the city’s children and young people’s committee, said: “This is wonderful news and shows that we’re making sure our children eat sustainably.

“This award is for fish served across all our primary and special schools and sits alongside the Soil Association’s Food for Life standard and demonstrates the council’s commitment to improving the overall sustainability of the school meals service.

“Living sustainably is important to the city and food is a vital element in this, so this award is another accolade that shows we are putting our ideals into practice.”

Nationally, 86% of primary schoolchildren are missing out on sustainable fish.

Eden Food Services is in charge of distributing seafood around Sussex.

Toby Middleton, MSC UK senior country manager, said: “If England’s 4.3 million primary schoolchildren can help safeguard fish stocks for their own generation and the ones that follow, we are off to a good start in transforming the supply of seafood to a sustainable basis and recognising the efforts of pioneer fisheries that make a difference on the water.

“We applaud all the hard work that the A-grade Local Education Authorities [LEAs] have been awarded for this first report.

“Chain of Custody is a great way to ensure traceability and is the ultimate commitment for schools and LEAs to keeping oceans healthy, while MSC’s Fish and Kids education programme helps children to understand the need to protect the world’s oceans.”

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1:10pm Fri 29 Aug 14

tykemison says...

Excellent Scheme, well done all involved,although seems a futile gesture when the greedy corporates are literally raping the Oceans(sadly they have devised giant underwater machines that destroy/catch all in there way whilst leaving mass destruction.The likes of Princes have had to move there processing plants to Mauritius as they have depleted and destroyed the whole Oceans of India,absolute filth and i and my friends have boycotted their immoral products.
Excellent Scheme, well done all involved,although seems a futile gesture when the greedy corporates are literally raping the Oceans(sadly they have devised giant underwater machines that destroy/catch all in there way whilst leaving mass destruction.The likes of Princes have had to move there processing plants to Mauritius as they have depleted and destroyed the whole Oceans of India,absolute filth and i and my friends have boycotted their immoral products. tykemison
  • Score: 3

1:24pm Fri 29 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

"Nationally, 86% of primary schoolchildren are missing out on sustainable fish. "

Making it sound that it's somehow a 'bad thing'.

If they are eating fish of any kind, then it doesn't matter if it's 'sustainable' or not.
"Nationally, 86% of primary schoolchildren are missing out on sustainable fish. " Making it sound that it's somehow a 'bad thing'. If they are eating fish of any kind, then it doesn't matter if it's 'sustainable' or not. ok,jared
  • Score: -5

4:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

"While the rest of England is lagging in sustainable food, every one of the city’s 18,399 primary school pupils are being served eco-friendly fish."

What, exactly, is an 'eco-friendly fish?' Is there such a thing as a fish which is NOT eco-friendly?

Fish supplied using eco-friendly methods perhaps?

And for that matter NOT all of the city's primary school children are being served fish. Some will go home, some will bring packed lunches, and some will be vegetarians. Of those, only the vegetarians could fairly and honestly be said to be doing their bit to sustain fish stocks.
"While the rest of England is lagging in sustainable food, every one of the city’s 18,399 primary school pupils are being served eco-friendly fish." What, exactly, is an 'eco-friendly fish?' Is there such a thing as a fish which is NOT eco-friendly? Fish supplied using eco-friendly methods perhaps? And for that matter NOT all of the city's primary school children are being served fish. Some will go home, some will bring packed lunches, and some will be vegetarians. Of those, only the vegetarians could fairly and honestly be said to be doing their bit to sustain fish stocks. Goldenwight
  • Score: 2

10:01pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

What a wonderfully uplifting story, beautifully written... It had the sound of the Valleys and Mountains about it, like...Dylan Thomas's words in his prime being spoken by Richard Burton ... Whilst Tom Jones serenaded me in his underpants...
What a wonderfully uplifting story, beautifully written... It had the sound of the Valleys and Mountains about it, like...Dylan Thomas's words in his prime being spoken by Richard Burton ... Whilst Tom Jones serenaded me in his underpants... Valentinian
  • Score: 1

10:20am Sat 30 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

I remember going for a drink with a couple of Argus reporters...who shall remain..unnamed ,......and Siobhan seductively said 'here, hold this shell to your ear and you can hear the Sea ....." .....Rachel leant over and whispered...." I have a shell tattoo on my thigh.....put you ear to THAT...and you can smell the Sea!"
I remember going for a drink with a couple of Argus reporters...who shall remain..unnamed ,......and Siobhan seductively said 'here, hold this shell to your ear and you can hear the Sea ....." .....Rachel leant over and whispered...." I have a shell tattoo on my thigh.....put you ear to THAT...and you can smell the Sea!" Valentinian
  • Score: 1

3:24pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Valentinian wrote:
I remember going for a drink with a couple of Argus reporters...who shall remain..unnamed ,......and Siobhan seductively said 'here, hold this shell to your ear and you can hear the Sea ....." .....Rachel leant over and whispered...." I have a shell tattoo on my thigh.....put you ear to THAT...and you can smell the Sea!"
Well, you can smell fish, anyway...
[quote][p][bold]Valentinian[/bold] wrote: I remember going for a drink with a couple of Argus reporters...who shall remain..unnamed ,......and Siobhan seductively said 'here, hold this shell to your ear and you can hear the Sea ....." .....Rachel leant over and whispered...." I have a shell tattoo on my thigh.....put you ear to THAT...and you can smell the Sea!"[/p][/quote]Well, you can smell fish, anyway... Goldenwight
  • Score: -1
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