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Heathrow – the ‘plaice’ for sustainable fish

The ‘plaice’ for sustainable fish

Heathrow – the ‘plaice’ for sustainable fish

Benito De Rosa

To coincide with World Ocean Day on 8 June, Heathrow has netted the first Sustainable Fish Airport Award. It comes courtesy of Sustain – the alliance for better food and farming in recognition for all the hard work happening below the surface which is starting to make some serious waves.

First sustainable fish airport

All businesses operating within the airport have signed up to the Sustainable Fish Airports pledge and have agreed to adopt a sustainable fish buying policy. This policy will see the removal of ‘red-rated’ fish and promote only the best choices of seafood to customers. The rating comes from the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) traffic-light and number system to classify the sustainability of fish – red is the worst and is rated ‘5, green is the best and has a ‘1’ rating. You can find out which fish are the most sustainable on the MCS Good Fish Guide .

That means whenever you order a fish dish at the airport, you know that it comes from a trusted source and you are playing your part in preserving the future of our oceans. Whether it’s a smoked salmon starter or a traditional fish and chips supper, menus are being completely redefined to make choosing sustainable options, simple

Preserving the oceans

Ben Crowley, Head of Food and Beverage at Heathrow sums up by saying; “We’re immensely proud to be able to offer our passengers the very best and demonstrate that quality and taste need not cost the ocean.”. Some restaurants, like Comptoir Libanais, Giraffe and Yo! have gone one step further and have adopted the initiative at a national level with the guiding principle

“Avoid the worst, promote the best and improve the rest…”

If this story is making you feel hungry for more, next time you are at Heathrow why not visit one of our restaurants and enjoy some sustainable fish for yourself.