This scheme would see that only verifiably sustainable fish will be served as part of the millions of proposed meals to be consumed by athletes, spectators, staff, journalists and dignitaries during the major sporting event.
Ruth Westcott, Coordinator of the Sustainable Fish City said "This is a fantastic example of sustainability legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games", “London 2012 was the first ever major international sporting event to adopt a sustainable fish policy for wild-caught fish, setting the pace that others are now following. It’s a triumph to see the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games adopting a similar fish policy to London 2012.”
Following the success of Sustainable Fish City's introduction to sustainable fish being policies into the London 2012 Olympics it has continued its success with with further pledges from caterers and businesses that together serve well over 200 million meals per year.
Samuel Stone of there Marine Conservation Society noted "The UN tells us that nearly 80% of the fish that the world eats comes from fisheries that are either fully exploited or over-exploited. With a growing world population, this is an issue of global concern. It’s inspiring to see the organisers of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Rio Olympics using their considerable influence to promote fish conservation".
According to MSC's Claire Pescod Scotland has more MSC certified fisheries than any other European country.
Source: Hospitality and Catering News