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Fishing Industry Invited to Judge who has Sustainable Seafood X Factor

28 October 2013

UK - The organisers of an annual sustainable seafood event, which recognises the best in sustainable fish and shellfish in the UK, are calling for industry professionals to help in deciding which species should be crowned the sustainable champion of 2013.

The Celebrating Sustainable Seafood event, sponsored by Seafish, takes place at Billingsgate Seafood School on 20 November where six carefully selected finalists will battle it out for this year’s Sustainable Seafood Award.

The species champions up for the award are Shetland rope grown mussels, Loch Duart salmon, native Loch Ryan oysters, pole-and-line caught tuna, Alaska black cod and pangasius. Industry representatives will give a short presentation on each species to the audience who will also be invited to taste each of the products over brunch and lunch before casting a vote for their preferred winner.

The event, which was won last year by The Hastings Fisherman’s Protection Society artisanal herring fishery, is open to trade professionals from chefs and buyers, to technical managers and fishmongers.

The day also offers opportunities to network with industry experts, take part in Q&A sessions and share knowledge about sustainability in the fish and seafood market.

CJ Jackson, Director of Billingsgate Seafood School, said: “Consumers are increasingly interested in where their food comes from and its impact on the environment and the sustainability of fish and shellfish is a hot topic. The Celebrating Sustainable Seafood event is a fantastic opportunity for anybody in the industry who buys, prepares or sells seafood to get a better understanding of which species are leading the way in sustainability and to be involved in deciding who should be the winner of the Sustainable Seafood Award 2013.”

Event Chair Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy at Seafish, commented: “This event aims to celebrate and reward sustainable seafood and provide people with a platform to learn from and educate each other. The seafood industry has taken great steps to prove its sustainable credentials and we need to promote this fact to buyers and consumers”.

Tickets cost £25 per person and are available from Billingsgate Seafood School. Doors open at 8am, with the presentation of the Award taking place at 3.15pm to close the day.

To book a place, call 020 7517 3548 or email info@seafoodtraining.org.

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