Nottingham named Sustainable University of the YearWritten by Anjali Dattani
TUCO member Nottingham University is the UK’s leading university for sustainable seafood after it was awarded the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) University of the Year in their annual awards.
It’s the second year Nottingham has been awarded the title for serving the highest number of certified sustainable dishes to its students.
The MSC awards also highlighted latest research showing millennials are leading the way in sustainable seafood - with 52% of 18-34 year olds stating they prefer to choose ecolabelled fish and seafood. That’s in comparison to 37% of those over 55 years old in the UK.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international NGO, whose aim is to keep the world’s oceans teeming with life, and safeguard seafood supplies for this and future generations. Its Blue Fish label and certification programme recognises and rewards sustainable fishing practices, and is helping create a more sustainable seafood market.
The award sees Nottingham University rubbing shoulders with retailers, such as Waitrose who won Fish Counter of the Year, as well as a big name in the seafood world, chef Mitch Tonks, who was named Chef of the Year for championing sustainable seafood across his Rockfish restaurant chain for almost ten years.
Nicola Penn, Procurement Business Manager at Nottingham University, explains what the award means to them: “We are delighted to have received the MSC University of the Year award for the second year. Students are increasingly demanding more sustainably sourced and healthier food options on campus, and we really take pride in providing sustainably sourced food. MSC certification reassures our students we are buying quality and sustainably sourced fish. We are proud to say that all our fish can be traced back to independently certified sustainable fisheries.”
Loren Hiller, Commercial Officer at Marine Stewardship Council said: “As one of the first universities to offer sustainable seafood to their students since 2012, it’s fantastic to see the University of Nottingham winning the University of the Year award for the second year running. Nottingham have demonstrated their commitment to supporting sustainable fishing and safeguarding seafood supplies, meaning their students can be sure they are making a sustainable choice every time they choose a fish dish with the Blue Fish label.”