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National Marine Aquarium gains MSC certification

The National Marine Aquarium’s Waves Café has received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, demonstrating its exemplary sustainable fish sourcing practices.

MSC certification underlines the Aquarium’s commitment to only serve fish and seafood from responsible and sustainable fish sources, and is only awarded to fish caught using highest standards of sustainability. The Waves Café can now proudly display the MSC certified ecolabel, assuring visitors of its sustainable sourcing practices.   

The MSC certification follows the Waves Café’s blue Fish2fork rating last year, when Head Chef Craig Walker received a coveted Blue Fish rating and a glowing report from the online sustainable dining guide. Craig and his team at the Aquarium received a 3.5 Blue Fish rating (out of a possible 5) due to his outstanding approach to sustainable sourcing.

The National Marine Aquarium went on to achieve its bid to make Plymouth the world’s first Fish2fork Blue Fish City, and is currently spearheading the city’s campaign to become a Sustainable Fish City.  Plymouth now has three of the five stars required to achieve the sustainable status, following pledges from hospitals, schools, colleges, universities, local businesses and restaurants throughout the city.  

Leading the National Marine Aquarium’s effort to source and serve responsibly sourced sustainable fish and seafood is Stacey Turner, Plymouth Sustainable Fish Cities Co-ordinator, who has been working closely with Head Chef, Craig.

Stacey commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to have achieved MSC certification. Craig and his team have been working towards achieving this milestone as part of the Aquarium’s exemplary approach to fish sourcing practices – it is a great achievement for them, and one that the whole Aquarium team is very proud of.  The certification is another step in demonstrating Plymouth to be a destination for sustainable fish best practice, as we continue our bid to become a Sustainable Fish City.”

Head Chef of the National Marine Aquarium’s Waves Café, Craig added: “Achieving MSC certification is a big achievement for me and the Waves Café team – it really shows our commitment to ensuring our visitors are only served fish and seafood that has come from responsible and sustainable sources.  We hope it will also help to educate visitors to the café on the importance of sustainable fish sourcing, and how everyone can play their part on sustainable fishery practices.”

George Clark, MSC Commercial Manager said: “This certification highlights the dedication of the team at Plymouth. Visitors to the National Marine Aquarium discover so much about how the oceans work and the creatures that live there. Protecting those environments by serving MSC certified fish just furthers the important message of sustainability. I’m looking forward to the Seafood Festival in September and seeing what else Plymouth is doing to build on its already impressive approach to sustainable fish.”

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