The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) champions the need for marine wildlife protection, sustainable fisheries and clean seas and beaches.

Green Gourmet and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

Our seafood commitments we will…

  1. Know the seafood we are sourcing (how and where it was caught or farmed) so as to make an informed decision
  2. Source all our seafood from fisheries & farms that are rated 1-3 by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) at www.Goodfishguide.org <http://www.Goodfishguide.org>. In the absence of a specific Good Fish Guide rating, we may source seafood based on similar ratings or advice from other assessment tools and resources that indicate a low environmental risk.
  3. Preferentially source certified seafood that is caught or farmed to MCS recognised production standards
  4. Source aquaculture products from farms that have high welfare standards such as those certified by Freedom Food to meet Farm Animal Welfare Councils’ Five Freedoms.
  5. Inform our customers about the sources of our seafood, such as where and how it was caught or farmed, and why they represent an environmentally responsible choice.
  6. Clearly communicate our expectations and product specifications to our suppliers; and
  7. Undertake periodic traceability audits to ensure that what we specify is supplied to us and in turn provided to our customers.
  8. Evaluate and review this policy on an annual basis to ensure it is being implemented with effect and to ensure it remains current and continues to reflect responsible seafood sourcing practices.
  • Green Gourmet were the first school meal supplier that gained affiliation with MCS. This included a commitment from Green Gourmet not to buy any species on the MCS Fish to Avoid list
  • Our affiliation means we can promote the charity in our Choice for Life range and on each of our MCS fish product flyers

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

  • Is the UK charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife.
  • MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life.
  • Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment.
  • MCS provides information and guidance on many aspects of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide and the Good Fish Guide as well as involving thousands of volunteers in projects and surveys such as MCS Beachwatch. www.mcsuk.org.
  • In the waters around the UK, nearly half of assessed fish stocks are overfished, plus they face added pressure from climate change and pollution.
  • Once common fish such as skate and cod are depleted in many areas. MCS works to reduce the overfishing which is devastating the life in our seas, and promotes sustainable seafood alternatives. Their work helps to ensure that the sea's rich wildlife can be restored, fish stocks grow more plentiful, and our beaches and seawater become cleaner.

The MCS Good Fish Guide

  • The MCS Good Fish Guide  provides a comprehensive picture of what fish species we can enjoy as a more sustainable choice.
  • It also highlights those that are from damaging fisheries and fish farms and  should be avoided to help raise awareness, reduce demand encourage improvement.  
  • The choices we make as consumers are critical to ensure that we have healthy seas and seafood  for future generations.

Ratings

  • The GFG gives ratings to each fish by assessing the relative ‘health’ status of each fish stock, and the sustainability of the various fishing and fish farming methods used.
  • MCS has given nearly 700 different seafood sources  a rating from 1 to 5 that allows consumers and commercial seafood buyers  to identify the relative sustainability of their seafood at a glance.
  • A red rating of 5 (Fish to Avoid) is given to those fish that MCS recommends be avoided because they are overfished; highly vulnerable, poorly managed; or  whose method of harvesting or farming has significant impact on other species or habitats.
  • A green rating of 1 or  2 (Fish to Eat) is awarded to the most sustainably produced seafood including fish from certified fisheries and fish farms.
  • Yellow and amber ratings (3 and 4) indicate increasing levels of concern regarding the status of the fish stock, or the environmental impact of the fishing or fish farming method used.

A downloadable pocket Good Fish Guide featuring a summary of the Fish to Eat and Fish to Avoid lists is available from www.goodfishguide.org where there are also links to download the Good Fish Guide smart phone App.

The Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark trusts the MCS Good Fish Guide and awards points for its Gold level award to those caterers that serve fish that are MCS green rated and classed as a “Fish to Eat”.

  • Are you looking for ideas for Marine Conservation Society MCS healthy seasonal recipes?
  • Are you trying to find certified food products to help you manage budgets, stock levels and menu planning?
  • Would you like to achieve your Food For Life Catering Award Bronze, Silver or Gold?
  • Would you like to order some samples or if you want to become a supplier, please contact us on delicious@greengourmet.co.uk