Archive for tag: sustainability

UK leads the way as global seafood industry puts spotlight on human rights issues in the supply chain

Posted by Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy at Seafish, the UK industry authority on seafood in the UK on 10 February 2015

The seafood industry began addressing sustainability 10 to 12 years ago, focusing on the fish, whilst the human element, in what is often a long and complex supply chain, was overlooked, or simply not thought about. Seafood sustainability was the mantra, but times have changed.  Hum...more

Seafood Summit: Gauging Consumer Engagement and Perceptions of Sustainable Seafood

Posted by Julia Brooks on 28 January 2016

Sustainability is now the backbone of the seafood industry thanks to years and years of research and campaigning to ensure fish stocks are at healthy levels. However, engaging consumers with the sustainability message has always been a challenge. Whilst the public will express concerns a...more

Skates and rays remain responsibly sourced in the UK

Posted by Bill Lart on 20 January 2014

Seafish Jan 2014

Bill Lart, Chair of the Seafish Skates and Rays Group gives an overview of the conservation of skates and rays in the UK and Europe.

Skates and rays are members of the shark family,  are popular due to their ...more

Hugh’s Final Fish Fight

Posted by Tom Pickerell, Technical Director on 03 March 2014

Yesterday, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall presented the final episode of Fish Fight, his campaign to change the policy towards discards and raise awareness on various marine conservation issues.

Overall, it is hard to argue that Hugh's campaign has not been largely a force for goo...more

Insight from a seafood newbie

Posted by Briana Marsh on 16 May 2014

In August 2013 I joined Seafish and have been working as a communications executive. This means that, apart from being asked if I get free fish (only once, sadly), I tend to get asked lots of questions about seafood. Going from knowing nothing to what I hope is a reasonable working knowl...more

The Quayside's perspective on responsible sourcing

Posted by Stuart Fusco, The Quayside on

Within the world of fish and chips, the issues of sustainability and responsible sourcing are becoming increasingly prominent, with growing numbers of customers wanting to know more about how and from where the fish they will be eating, has been sourced. Here at Quayside in Whitby on the...more

The social and ethical side of fishing – Revitalising the RFS

Posted by Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy on 30 May 2014

In the 8 years since we saw Ian Wightman's Eilidh Anne become the first vessel accredited under the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) at the grand launch during the Glasgow Fishing Expo, the global seascape has changed significantly. 

In 2006, sustainability was the ...more

An interview with... Mike Berthet

Posted by Mike Berthet, Purchasing Director on 29 September 2014

Mike Berthet is a qualified Chef who has over 30 years of experience in Fish and Seafood, Mike represents M&J Seafood on sustainability issues and ensures their passion and commitment to responsible sourcing is maintained.

In a brief interview with Seafish, Mike outlin...more

Evolution not revolution in assessment of data poor stocks

Posted by Bill Lart, Sustainability and Data Advisor on 13 October 2014

Assessments of fisheries sustainability have become of increasing importance for governments, but also industry and commerce, where there is a perceived need to source from stocks with assessments and a full suite of reference points. Fish from stocks without assessments risk being delis...more

Communication is Key - Guest blog by Mitch Tonks

Posted by Mitch Tonks is a food writer, fishmonger and restaurateur. on 18 January 2012

When I was first in the fish business I didn't ever hear the word sustainability, now thanks to some of the great campaigning work that has been done it's become a topic deeply rooted in our behaviour and thinking. Those of us in the industry have ready access to relevant knowledge and o...more

A sustainable future for fish?

Posted by Guest blogger - Raymond Blanc on 21 February 2012

This is the text of the speech given by chef Raymond Blanc at the first Sustainable Cities Fish Forum in London, on January 24 2012. (Reproduced with permission).

Dear friends, Dear colleagues - thank you for coming today.

I am heartened that so many of you have taken y...more

Evolution not revolution!

Posted by Bill Lart Sustainability and Data Advisor on 30 May 2012

Assessing sustainability has become increasingly important for governments, and industry. At the recent World Fisheries Congress, representatives from all sides considered stock assessments as the key basis for action. Fish sourced from non-assessed stocks risks losing its market, yet fu...more

Brighton Food Society

Posted by Paul Williams, Chief Executive on 14 September 2012

I was recently a guest at Brighton Food Society's coastal themed dinner, where, of course, the meal was based around seafood. Brighton Food Society is a group of food writers, publishers and broadcasters who get together to cook, eat and talk the foodie talk. I was invited to say a few w...more


Posted by Paul WIlliams, Chief Executive on 25 August 2011

If agreeing a definition for 'sustainability' is tricky, it is hardly surprising that agreeing how to improve sustainability is even harder. The issue under the spotlight at present is discards, with everyone, including Seafish, agreeing with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's assertion that ...more

How do we define what is ‘natural’?

Posted by Jon Harman on 13 October 2011

There's a lot happening in the marine environment around the UK at the moment, including the introduction of a network of marine protected areas, the reform of the common fisheries policy with a focus on waste reduction, the application of marine planning to the marine environment, and t...more

Yes, you can eat cod with a clear conscience!

Posted by John Rutherford, FASFA on 14 December 2011

Isn't it everyone's fantasy to be eating chocolate with friendly Norwegians while listening to a marine scientist explain why there are more cod in the Barents Sea today than at any time since the end of WW2?

This particular treat was part of the third day of an extraordinary t...more

Seafish Insight Blog: Why it's OK to eat North Sea and West of Scotland haddock

Posted by Bill Lart, Sustainability and Data Advisor on 17 March 2017

Since around 2007, spawning stock biomass (SSB) has been above the reference point for maximum sustainable yield (MSY) with fishing mortality being lower than the MSY reference point (the basis for a well-managed sustainable fishery).

During the 2016 stock assessment an error in...more