The Fishmongers’ Company welcomed leaders in seafood sustainability this week as the Marine Stewardship Council showcased the best in class in seafood sustainability at their Sustainable Seafood Forum and MSC UK Awards. Held at Fishmongers’ Hall and sponsored by the Fishmongers’ Company the awards recognised fisheries, retailers and brands at the forefront of sustainability in the seafood industry.
Part of our commitment to support a sustainable, prosperous seafood industry, the forum and awards were opened by Alison Freeman, one of the Company’s Fisheries Programme Managers, who outlined our diverse work in supporting sustainable fisheries across the UK. This was followed by the Sustainable Seafood Forum made up of a diverse panel of industry experts, fishermen and academics including: Michel Kaiser- Herriot Watt University, Robert Clark- Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Association, Mike Park- Scottish White Fish Producers Association and Aoife Martin- Seafish. The panel outlined the success of the MSC so far and discussed the challenges and opportunities in sustainable seafood.
The afternoon concluded with the newly expanded awards ceremony that recognised the achievements of the MSC’s partners, from fisheries to fish counters and universities in promoting sustainable seafood and increasing its presence in the seafood market. A full list of the winners can be seen here.
The forum and awards provided another opportunity for the Company to promote and develop a sustainable seafood industry that supports both a healthy marine environment and prosperous coastal communities and fishing industry.