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Top School Caterer Commits to Sustainable Fish

16 September 2015

UK - Nearly 40,000 school pupils will be offered sustainable fish as part of their school lunch thanks to the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge signed by education caterer Edwards and Ward.

As part of the UK-wide campaign to transform our impact on depleting fish stocks, Edwards and Ward has committed to use only demonstrably sustainable fish across its whole business, which serves over 7.5 million meals per year.

Edwards and Ward are the latest organisation to sign up to Sustainable Fish Cities; joining some of the largest, most prestigious and progressive names in foodservice including Brakes, the National Trust, Eurostar, NHS Wales and Google.

The pledge will help to support fisheries and farms that are working sustainably and with lower impact on the marine environment, such as the hake on Edward and Ward’s menus – for which the stocks have been certified as in a healthy state and well managed.

Serving demonstrably sustainable fish is the now part of the Headteachers Checklist for the new School Food Standards, and part of the Food for Life Catering Mark standards.

Ruth Westcott, co-ordinator of Sustainable Fish Cities said: "This is a great commitment from Edwards and Ward. We are aiming to see only verifiably sustainable fish on menus in the UK by creating a network of Sustainable Fish Cities. There are currently fifteen UK towns and cities involved in the campaign, and Edwards and Wards’ pledge will be a big boost to London’s ambitions."

Mike Ward, Joint Managing Director of Edwards and Ward said: "This commitment to sustainable fish is a natural step for us – it’s nonsense that a school caterer should consider anything else. We were taking action towards sustainable fish as part of the Food for Life Catering Mark – this pledge will develop that commitment, and mean that we will now raise awareness about overfishing and choosing sustainable fish with our pupils and parents."

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