UK seafood industry acts on fish discards

A new seafood coalition is developing a voluntary code of conduct for sustainability and labelling. It will try to eliminate fish discards and take pressure off heavily fished species

Leading UK retailers and seafood suppliers have formed the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) to improve the sustainability of the seafood supply chain.

The coalition, brought together by environmental law organisation ClientEarth, plans action on seafood sourcing, data collection and labelling in advance of reform of the EU’s common fisheries policy (CFP) set for 2013.

It will also encourage consumers to eat a wider variety of seafood, especially underused or commonly discarded species. Currently, consumers mainly eat five fish species, subjecting three to unsustainable demand, says ClientEarth.

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