Harrison Catering Services has become the latest caterer to sign the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge to adopt a fully sustainable fish policy. The pledge will see sustainable fish served across the schools and workplaces throughout the UK where Harrison provides its food service.
The caterer has already taken steps to promote sustainable fish. It has removed species considered ‘fish to avoid’ by the Marine Conservation Society, and it offers craft training on sustainable fish to its cooks and chefs from M&J Seafood. The pledge means that Harrison will now put in place a sustainable fish policy and work toward achieving MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification.
Harrison’s pledge is part of the Sustainable Fish Cities project, which is now active in 13 of the UK towns and cities in the Sustainable Food Cities network and has seen caterers serving well over 500 million meals per year take action on sustainable fish. Each city has been challenged to gather pledges from local caterers, restaurants, universities and workplaces in a bid to become the world’s first Sustainable Fish City. Sustainable fish is a particularly hot topic for schools at the moment, since the government’s new school food plan requires schools to serve fish at least once a week, with oily fish at least once every three weeks, and recommends that all fish should be sustainably sourced.
Ruth Westcott, co-ordinator of Sustainable Fish Cities, said: “It is hugely exciting to have Harrison on board. Thanks to their portfolio of iconic sites in London and the South East, the pledge will particularly boost the Sustainable Fish Cities campaigns for London and Bournemouth and Poole. Shortly after Harrison announced they were taking this step, The Jordans and Ryvita Company, a very important Poole employer, were able to sign the pledge, thanks to Harrison’s implementing a sustainable fish policy on their behalf.”
Gareth Harrison, joint managing director of Harrison, said: “Harrison is committed to sustainability throughout our business, so signing the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge is a natural fit for us and will complement our existing sustainability initiatives, including our compostable eco-packaging, our extensive work with Food for Life and our use of British-sourced free-range eggs, Red Tractor-certified Cheddar cheese and fresh, British-sourced meat and poultry.”